US Pat. No. 10,193,030

COMPOSITE MATERIALS HAVING RED EMITTING PHOSPHORS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A lighting apparatus comprising:a light emitting diode (LED) light source radiationally coupled to a composite material comprising a phosphor of formula I and a thermally conductive material dispersed in at least a portion of a binder material,

 wherein the thermally conductive material comprises a material selected from the group consisting of aluminum phosphate, magnesium phosphate, calcium phosphate, barium phosphate, strontium phosphate, an alkali metal halide, calcium fluoride, magnesium fluoride, a compound of formula II, and combinations thereof;

 wherein A is independently at each occurrence Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, or combinations thereof, M is independently at each occurrence Si, Ge, Sn, Ti, Zr, Al, Ga, In, Sc, Hf, Y, La, Nb, Ta, Bi, Gd, or combinations thereof, x is independently at each occurrence an absolute value of a charge on a [(M,Mn)Fy] ion and a [MFy] ion, and y is 5, 6, or 7.

US Pat. No. 10,193,028

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A light emitting device comprising:a resin package comprising:
a plurality of leads that includes:
a first lead having an upper surface, and
a second lead having an upper surface, and
a resin body that includes:
a first resin portion having at least one inner lateral wall surface,
a second resin portion,
a third resin portion disposed between the first lead and the second lead and having an upper surface, and
a resin connection portion,
the plurality of leads and the at least one inner lateral wall surface of the first resin portion defining a recess,
the upper surface of the first lead, the upper surface of the second lead and the upper surface of the third resin portion located at a bottom of the recess,
at the bottom of the recess, the second resin portion being in contact with a portion of the upper surface of the third resin portion and surrounding an element mounting region, and
the resin connection portion connecting the first resin portion and the second resin portion at the bottom of the recess;
at least one light emitting element disposed on the element mounting region at the bottom of the recess of the resin package; and
a light-reflective member disposed between the inner lateral wall surface and the second resin portion in the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,193,026

PARTIAL SPACERS FOR WAFER-LEVEL FABRICATED MODULES

Heptagon Micro Optics Pte...

1. A wafer-level method of fabricating a plurality of optoelectronic device modules, the method comprising:providing a cover substrate that includes transparent regions, the cover substrate having a respective passive optical element on each transparent region;
providing a plurality of first spacer elements on a surface of the cover substrate, wherein adjacent passive optical elements are separated from one another by a respective first spacer element;
providing a base substrate including a surface on which are mounted a plurality of optoelectronic devices;
providing a plurality of second spacer elements on the surface of the base substrate, wherein adjacent optoelectronic devices are separated from one another by a respective second spacer element;
joining each first spacer element on the cover substrate directly to a corresponding one of the second spacer elements on the base substrate to form a wafer stack, each of the first spacer elements being fixed to a corresponding one of the second spacer elements by adhesive, such that each passive optical element is aligned with a corresponding one of the optoelectronic devices;
degassing volatile organic compounds through the adhesive; and
separating the wafer stack into a plurality of optoelectronic device modules, wherein each optoelectronic device module includes at least one of the passive optical elements and at least one of the optoelectronic devices.

US Pat. No. 10,193,025

INORGANIC LED PIXEL STRUCTURE

X-Celeprint Limited, Cor...

1. An inorganic light-emitting diode (iLED) pixel structure, comprising:a transparent pixel substrate having an LED surface, an emission surface opposite the LED surface, and one or more sides other than the LED surface and the emission surface that are not parallel to the LED surface or the emission surface;
an iLED mounted on the LED surface of the pixel substrate, the iLED having an emission side adjacent to the LED surface of the pixel substrate to emit light into the pixel substrate and out of the emission surface, wherein the iLED is non-native to the transparent pixel substrate; and
a reflector disposed on at least a portion of the one or more sides.

US Pat. No. 10,193,023

LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE CHIP

PlayNitride Inc., Tainan...

1. A light-emitting diode chip, comprising:a p-type semiconductor layer;
a light-emitting layer;
an n-type semiconductor layer, the light-emitting layer being disposed between the p-type semiconductor layer and the n-type semiconductor layer, and the n-type semiconductor layer comprising:
a first n-type semiconductor sub-layer;
a second n-type semiconductor sub-layer; and
an ohmic contact layer, disposed between the first n-type semiconductor sub-layer and the second n-type semiconductor sub-layer, wherein the first n-type semiconductor sub-layer and the second n-type semiconductor sub-layer are separated by the ohmic contact layer; and
a first metal electrode, disposed on the first n-type semiconductor sub-layer, wherein a region of the first n-type semiconductor sub-layer located between the first metal electrode and the ohmic contact layer contains metal atoms diffusing from the first metal electrode, such that ohmic contact is formed between the first metal electrode and the ohmic contact layer.

US Pat. No. 10,193,021

SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SAME

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A semiconductor light-emitting element comprising:a first semiconductor layer of a first conductivity type and having a composition of GaN;
a light-emitting functional layer including a light-emitting layer formed on the first semiconductor layer; and
a second semiconductor layer that is of a conductivity type opposite to the conductivity type of the first semiconductor layer and is formed on the light-emitting functional layer,
wherein:
the light-emitting layer includes a base layer with a plurality of base segments that have a composition subject to stress from the first semiconductor layer and are formed in a random net shape, and a quantum well structure layer including at least one quantum well layer each having a composition of InGaN and at least one barrier layer that are formed on the base layer, and
the base layer includes a first sub-base layer, a trench that partitions the first sub-base layer for each of the plurality of base segments, and a second sub-base layer formed to bury the first sub-base layer, the first sub-base layer having a composition of AlGaN, and the second sub-base layer being formed from AlGaN that has an Al composition that is greater than an Al composition of the first sub-base layer.

US Pat. No. 10,193,020

SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Seoul Viosys Co., Ltd., ...

1. A nitride semiconductor light emitting device, comprising:a first conductive type nitride semiconductor layer;
an active layer disposed under the first conductive type nitride semiconductor layer;
a second conductive type nitride semiconductor layer disposed under the active layer;
mesa regions disposed upward from the second conductive type nitride semiconductor layer so as to expose the first conductive type nitride semiconductor layer;
a second electrode disposed under the second conductive type nitride semiconductor layer;
a cover metal layer disposed at a corner under the second conductive type nitride semiconductor layer so as to overlap a part of the second electrode, and partially exposed in the upward direction;
an insulating layer disposed under the cover metal layer, the second electrode, and the mesa regions;
openings of the insulating layer, disposed at portions corresponding to the mesa regions so as to expose the first conductive type nitride semiconductor layer;
a first electrode disposed under the insulating layer and in the openings;
a conductive substrate disposed under the first electrode; and
a second electrode pad disposed over the exposed cover metal layer, wherein when a first width of the second electrode between one mesa region of the mesa regions and another mesa region adjacent to the mesa region is represented by a and a second width of the second electrode between a mesa region at an edge and an extension line of the cover metal layer at the corner is represented by b, a relation of a>b is established.

US Pat. No. 10,193,017

LIGHT EMITTING DIODE

SEOUL VIOSYS CO., LTD., ...

1. A light emitting device comprising:a substrate including a first to fourth corners, the first corner and the second corner disposed in a direction along an edge of the substrate and the third corner and the forth corner disposed in the direction along another edge of the substrate opposite to the edge of the substrate;
a first to third light emitting cells that are disposed on the substrate and sequentially arranged along the direction, each light emitting cell including a first conductive type semiconductor layer, a second conductive type semiconductor layer disposed on the first conductive type semiconductor layer, and an active layer interposed between the first conductive type semiconductor layer and the second conductive type semiconductor layer;
a first electrode pad disposed in the first light emitting cell and electrically connected to the first conductivity type semiconductor layer of the first light emitting cell, the first electrode pad located closer to the first corner than the second to fourth corners;
a second electrode pad disposed in the third light emitting cell and electrically connected to the second conductivity type semiconductor layer of the third light emitting cell, the second electrode pad located closer to the third corner than the first, second and fourth corners;
a first connector connecting the first light emitting cell to the second light emitting cell and disposed closer to the fourth corner than the first, the second and the third corners;
a second connector connecting the second light emitting cell to the third light emitting cell and disposed closer to the second corner than the first, the third and the fourth corners; and
an insulation layer formed above the substrate and under the second connector,
wherein a surface of the second connector and a surface of the insulation layer include a pattern corresponding to a shape of an upper surface of the substrate,
wherein the second light emitting cell includes a second extension and a third extension that are electrically connected to the second conductivity type semiconductor layer of the second light emitting cell,
wherein the insulation layer comprises a first portion under the second connector and second portion under the second and the third extension, and
wherein a width of the first portion is wider than a width of the second portion and the third extension.

US Pat. No. 10,193,008

LIGHTER THAN AIR VEHICLE

BAE Systems Plc, London ...

1. A lighter than air vehicle comprising:an envelope containing a lighter than air gas, at least part of the envelope admitting the passage of light therethrough;
a plurality of devices for receiving the light;
a directing device for selectively redirecting the light which passes through the at least part of the envelope; and
the directing device for selectively redirecting the light being configured to operate in either a first mode of operation or a second mode of operation;
the directing device for selectively redirecting the light being configured to be changed from operating in its first mode of operation to operating in its second mode of operation;
the directing device for selectively redirecting the light being configured to, when operating in its first mode of operation, direct the light onto a first device of the plurality of devices for receiving light and not onto a second device of the plurality of devices for receiving light, the second device being a different device to the first device; and
the directing device for selectively redirecting the light being configured to, when operating in its second mode of operation, direct the light onto the second device and not onto the first device.

US Pat. No. 10,192,977

POWER SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A power semiconductor device controlling a current between an emitter electrode and a collector electrode with a voltage applied to a gate electrode, the device comprising:a first-conductive-type first base region having a first principal surface and a second principal surface opposite to the first principal surface;
a second-conductive-type second base region disposed on the first principal surface of the first base region;
at least three groove parts parallel to each other disposed from a surface of the second base region through the second base region to the first base region, the groove parts including a first groove part and a third groove part arranged with a second groove part interposed therebetween;
insulating films covering inner walls of the respective groove parts;
conductive trench gates filled on the insulating films;
a first-conductive-type emitter region disposed in the second base region between the first groove part and the second groove part to be in contact with the first groove part, the first-conductive-type emitter region being electrically connected to the emitter electrode; and
a second-conductive-type collector region disposed on the second principal surface of the first base region,
wherein the first-conductive-type emitter region is not formed in the second base region between the second groove part and the third groove part,
the third groove part does not have a first-conductive-type emitter region in contact therewith,
wherein the trench gates embedded in the first groove part and the third groove part are electrically connected to the gate electrode, and
wherein the trench gate embedded in the second groove part is electrically connected to the emitter electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,192,959

III-N BASED SUBSTRATE FOR POWER ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

IMEC VZW, Leuven (BE)

1. A III-N based substrate for power electronic devices comprising:a base substrate;
a III-N laminate above the base substrate; and
a buffer layer structure between the base substrate and the III-N laminate,
wherein the buffer layer structure comprises at least a first superlattice laminate and a second superlattice laminate above the first superlattice laminate,
wherein the first superlattice laminate comprises a repetition of a first superlattice unit which comprises a plurality of first AlGaN layers, each of which is made of AlxGa1-xN with 0?x?1 and x being different among the first AlGaN layers,
wherein the second superlattice laminate comprises a repetition of a second superlattice unit which comprises a plurality of second AlGaN layers, each of which is made of AlyGa1-yN with 0?y?1 and y being different among the second AlGaN layers,
wherein an average aluminum content of the first superlattice laminate is greater than an average aluminum content of the second superlattice laminate by a predetermined difference, and
wherein the buffer layer structure has a breakdown field strength of more than 150 V/?m in forward or reverse vertical bias at room temperature (25° C.).

US Pat. No. 10,192,956

METHOD FOR PRODUCING FIN STRUCTURES OF A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE IN A SUBSTRATE

IMEC VZW, Leuven (BE)

1. A structure comprisinga semiconductor substrate comprising a shallow trench isolation layer stack on a side thereof;
a patterned hard mask layer on and protruding from the shallow trench isolation layer stack, and corresponding to a fin area, wherein the patterned hard mask layer comprises a layer stack of a silicon nitride sublayer on top of a SiO2 sublayer in the fin area, and comprises the SiO2 sublayer without the silicon nitride sublayer outside the fin area; and
a filling layer abutting a planar front surface of and embedding the patterned hard mask layer, wherein the filling layer is further patterned according to a striped pattern in the fin area.

US Pat. No. 10,192,943

THIN FILM TRANSISTOR SUBSTRATE

INNOLUX CORPORATION, Jhu...

1. An OLED display device, comprising:a thin film transistor substrate, comprising:
a substrate; and
plural thin film transistor units disposed on the substrate and respectively comprising:
an active layer disposed on the substrate and made of polysilicon;
a first insulating layer disposed on the active layer;
a source electrode and a drain electrode disposed on the first insulating layer;
a metal layer disposed on the first insulating layer; and
a second insulating layer disposed on the metal layer,
wherein the metal layer has plural first protrusions at a top surface of the metal layer, the second insulating layer comprises a first region corresponding to the active layer and a second region corresponding to a region outside the active layer, and a roughness of a top surface of the first region is greater than a roughness of a top surface of the second region;
an OLED unit electrically connected to one of the plural thin film transistor units, wherein the OLED unit comprises a first electrode;
a pixel defining layer disposed on the first electrode, wherein the pixel defining layer has a pixel opening corresponding to the first electrode; and
a spacer disposed on the pixel defining layer and corresponding to a region outside the pixel opening.

US Pat. No. 10,192,936

OLED DISPLAY ARCHITECTURE

Universal Display Corpora...

1. A device, comprising:a first organic light emitting device that emits light having a peak wavelength in the visible spectrum of 600-700 nm, further comprising a first emissive layer having a first emissive material;
a second organic light emitting device that emits light having a peak wavelength in the visible spectrum of 500-600 nm, further comprising a second emissive layer having a second emissive material;
a third organic light emitting device that emits light having a peak wavelength in the visible spectrum of 400-500 nm, further comprising a third emissive layer having a third emissive material;
a fourth organic light emitting device that emits light having a peak wavelength in the visible spectrum of 400 to 500 nm, further comprising a fourth emissive layer having a fourth emissive material;
the first organic light emitting device comprises an emissive layer having a phosphorescent emissive material;
the second organic light emitting device comprises an emissive layer having a phosphorescent emissive material;
the third organic light emitting device comprises an emissive layer having a phosphorescent emissive material;
the fourth organic light emitting device comprises an emissive layer having a phosphorescent emissive material; and
a CIE y-coordinate of light emitted by the fourth organic light emitting device is at least 0.02 less than a CIE y-coordinate of light emitted by the third organic light emitting device.

US Pat. No. 10,192,927

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE FOR A NON-VOLATILE (NV) RESISTIVE MEMORY AND ARRAY STRUCTURE FOR AN ARRAY OF NV RESISTIVE MEMORY

CROSSBAR, INC., Santa Cl...

1. A resistive switching device comprising:a substrate having a surface region;
a first dielectric material layer overlying the surface region of the substrate;
a first wiring structure comprising a first metal material overlying the first dielectric material layer;
a plurality of first structures overlying a surface region of the first wiring structure, wherein the plurality of first structures comprise a contact material, wherein the plurality of first structures are separated by a second dielectric material, and wherein the plurality of first structures are characterized by a first width;
a plurality of resistive switching material structures overlying the plurality of first structures, wherein each resistive switching material structure from the plurality of resistive switching material structures is characterized by a second width, wherein the plurality of resistive switching material structures comprise undoped silicon material;
a plurality of active conductive material structures overlying the plurality of resistive switching material structures, wherein each active conductive material structure from the plurality of active conductive material structures is characterized by a third width, wherein the plurality of active conductive material structures comprise an active metal material; and
a second wiring structure overlying the plurality of active conductive material structures;
wherein the plurality of first structures, the plurality of resistive switching material structures and the plurality of active conductive material structures form a plurality of non-volatile memory cells;
wherein a resistive switching material structure of a non-volatile memory cell from the plurality of non-volatile memory cells includes a conductive path disposed therein comprising a portion of the active metal material from an active conductive material structure from the plurality of active conductive material structures; and
wherein a resistance of the non-volatile memory cell is determined in response to a conductance state of the conductive path.

US Pat. No. 10,192,887

METHOD TO IMPROVE CRYSTALLINE REGROWTH

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a conductive strap electrically connecting an electrode with a single crystal region of a semiconductor substrate; and
a conductive barrier layer between the conductive strap and the single crystal region,wherein the conductive barrier layer comprises carbon, hydrogen, cobalt or titanium nitride, and at least one of germanium and phosphorus.

US Pat. No. 10,192,878

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEMORY DEVICE WITH SELF-ALIGNED MULTI-LEVEL DRAIN SELECT GATE ELECTRODES

SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC,...

12. A three-dimensional memory device comprising:an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate;
memory stack structures extending through the alternating stack, wherein each of the memory stack structures comprises a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel contacting an inner sidewall of the memory film;
a first conductive connector spacer connected to each of first strip portions of two or more uppermost layers among the electrically conductive layers; and
a second conductive connector spacer connected to each of second strip portions of the two or more uppermost layers among the electrically conductive layers,
wherein each of the first and second conductive connector spacers includes an alternating sequence of conductive non-concave sidewall portions and conductive concave sidewall portions.

US Pat. No. 10,192,877

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEMORY DEVICE WITH LEVEL-SHIFTED STAIRCASE STRUCTURES AND METHOD OF MAKING THEREOF

SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC,...

1. A three-dimensional memory device, comprising:an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate, wherein the alternating stack is composed of, from bottom to top, a first contiguous subset of layers within the alternating stack and a second contiguous subset of layers;
a mesa structure located over the substrate;
memory stack structures extending through the alternating stack in a memory array region, wherein each of the memory stack structures comprises a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel;
a first terrace region located above the mesa structure at a first side of the memory array region, and including first stepped surfaces of the first contiguous subset;
a second terrace region located at a second side of the memory array region, and including second stepped surfaces of the second contiguous subset;
first contact via structures contacting respective electrically conductive layers within the first contiguous subset in the first terrace region;
second contact via structures contacting respective electrically conductive layers within the second contiguous subset in the second terrace region;
a first retro-stepped dielectric material portion contacting the first stepped surfaces;
a second retro-stepped dielectric material portion contacting the second stepped surfaces, wherein the second retro-stepped dielectric material portion has a greater maximum height than the first retro-stepped dielectric material portion;
a contact level dielectric material layer overlying the alternating stack;
a first support pillar structure located in the first terrace region and extending through the contact level dielectric material layer and the first retro-stepped dielectric material portion, not extending through any layer within the second contiguous subset, and directly contacting a horizontal portion of an electrically conductive layer within the first contiguous subset, a horizontal portion of an insulating layer within the first contiguous subset, and a vertically extending portion of another electrically conductive layer within the first contiguous subset, wherein the vertically extending portion extends vertically over a vertical extent of multiple electrically conductive layers within the memory array region; and
a second support pillar structure located in the second terrace region and extending through the contact level dielectric material layer and the second retro-stepped dielectric material portion, and directly contacting a respective horizontal portion of each electrically conductive layer within the first contiguous subset and a horizontal portion of at least one electrically conductive layer within the second contiguous subset and does not directly contact any vertically extending portion of the electrically conductive layers within an entirety of the alternating stack.

US Pat. No. 10,192,875

NON-VOLATILE MEMORY WITH PROTECTIVE STRESS GATE

eMemory Technology Inc., ...

1. A non-volatile memory, comprising:a substrate;
a floating gate transistor, a select transistor and a stress-releasing transistor, disposed on the substrate and coupled in series with each other, wherein the stress-releasing transistor is located between the floating gate transistor and the select transistor, and
the stress-releasing transistor has a stress release ratio represented by formula (1):
the stress release ratio=a channel length of the stress-releasing transistor/a gate dielectric layer thickness of the stress-releasing transistor  (1)
wherein a lower limit value of the stress release ratio is determined by a sustainable drain side voltage of the stress-releasing transistor of the non-volatile memory which is unselected when a program operation is performed,
an upper limit value of the stress release ratio is determined by a readable drain current of the non-volatile memory which is selected when a read operation is performed, and
the channel length under a stress-releasing gate of the stress-releasing transistor is smaller than a minimum channel length of a design rule of an input/output device; and
a first capacitor and a second capacitor, wherein the first capacitor, the second capacitor and the floating gate transistor are disposed in separation and are coupled to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,192,856

OPTICAL NAVIGATION MODULE CAPABLE OF PERFORMING LATERAL DETECTION AND ADJUSTING TRACKING DISTANCE

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. An optical navigation module, comprising:an optical package comprising
an image sensor, the image sensor having a sensor surface;
a light emitting chip configured to emit illumination light in a direction normal to the sensor surface; and
a reflective structure covering on the optical package and comprising:
a detection plane perpendicular to the sensor surface;
a detection opening located at the detection plane and penetrating from an outer surface of the detection plane to an inner surface of the detection plane;
a first reflective portion configured to reflect incident light coming from the detection opening to impinge on the sensor surface, wherein the incident light parallel to the sensor surface is reflected by the first reflective portion to be perpendicular to the sensor surface, wherein the first reflective portion has
a first end for reflecting the incident light coming from the detection opening to impinge on the sensor surface, and
a second end connected to the detection opening; and
a second reflective portion, which is separated from the first reflective portion, and configured to reflect the illumination light, emitted in the normal line direction by the light emitting chip, to be parallel to the sensor surface to go out the reflective structure from the same detection opening, wherein the second reflective portion has
a first end for reflecting the illumination light, emitted by the light emitting chip, to be parallel to the sensor surface, and
a second end connected to the detection opening, wherein
the first reflective portion extends in a first direction from the first end of the first reflective portion to the second end of the first reflective portion,
the second reflective portion extends in a second direction from the first end of the second reflective portion to the second end of the second reflective portion, and
the first direction is not parallel to the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,192,842

PACKAGE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETER SENSORS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PACKAGE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETER SENSORS

ams International AG, Ra...

1. A method of manufacturing a sensor package comprising:providing an integrated circuit chip which carries at least one sensor element on a first surface;
bonding the first surface of the integrated circuit chip to a first surface of an intermediate carrier using an adhesive, the intermediate carrier comprising solder bond pads on a second surface of the intermediate carrier opposite the first surface; and
soldering the solder bond pads to tracks of a circuit board,
wherein the intermediate carrier has an opening beneath the at least one sensor element, the opening extending through the intermediate carrier,
wherein the at least one sensor element is exposed to the environment through the opening,
wherein the bonding comprises bonding the bumps to the first surface of the intermediate carrier,
wherein the adhesive is an anisotropic conductive glue,
wherein the use of soldering is avoided by the adhesive bonding of the integrated circuit chip,
wherein the sensor package comprises a shield formed by the intermediate carrier, the shield configured and arranged to protect a sensor area of the at least one sensor element from pollution during the soldering when the sensor package is soldered to the circuit board, and
wherein the outer shape defined by the outer edge of the intermediate carrier is within 0.5 mm of the outer edge of the shape of the chip and/or is within 0.4 mm and/or is within 0.3 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,192,830

SELF-SIMILAR AND FRACTAL DESIGN FOR STRETCHABLE ELECTRONICS

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A electronic circuit comprising:an elastic substrate; and
a stretchable metallic or semiconducting device component supported by said elastic substrate; said stretchable metallic or semiconducting device component comprising a plurality of electrically conductive elements each having a primary unit cell shape, said electrically conductive elements connected in a sequence having a secondary shape providing an overall two-dimensional spatial geometry characterized by a plurality of spatial frequencies, wherein said two-dimensional spatial geometry is a self-similar two-dimensional geometry;
wherein said two-dimensional spatial geometry of said metallic or semiconducting device component allows for accommodation of elastic strain along one or more in-plane or out of plane dimensions, thereby providing stretchability of said electronic circuit, and
wherein said sequence of electrically conductive elements is further characterized by a tertiary shape comprising a repeating series of said electrically conductive elements comprising said secondary shape.

US Pat. No. 10,192,828

METAL GATE TRANSISTOR

SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURI...

1. A metal gate transistor, comprising:a semiconductor substrate;
a metal gate structure and a first dielectric layer formed on the semiconductor substrate;
source/drain regions formed in the semiconductor substrate on sides of the metal gate structure;
an etch stop layer formed on a top surface of the metal gate structure with a top surface leveled with a top surface of the first dielectric layer;
an etch stop sidewall formed on each side of the metal gate structure with a top surface leveled with the top surface of the first dielectric layer; an offset spacer on each side of the metal gate structure between the etch stop sidewall and the metal gate structure, and a contact-via etch stop layer on the semiconductor substrate and the sidewall of the offset space; and
a contact plug formed in the first dielectric layer to electrically connect to each source/drain region formed in the semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,192,827

TRANSMIT-AND-RECEIVE MODULE

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A transmit-and-receive module comprising:a wiring substrate having first and second surfaces, the second surface being a back side of the first surface;
a low-noise amplifier including a first signal terminal and a first ground terminal, the first signal terminal being surface-mounted on the first surface;
a power amplifier including a second signal terminal and a second ground terminal, the second signal terminal and the second ground terminal being surface-mounted on the first surface;
an insulating resin covering the low-noise amplifier and the power amplifier; and
a conductive shield covering a surface of the insulating resin, wherein the first ground terminal is connected to the conductive shield, and wherein:
the wiring substrate includes a ground layer;
the first ground terminal is connected to the ground layer via the conductive shield;
the second ground terminal is connected to the ground layer by being surface-mounted on the first surface; and
the first ground terminal is a protruding metal terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,192,825

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

UNITED MICROELECTRONICS C...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a first gate line, having a first long axis extending along a first direction;
a second gate line, parallel to the first gate line;
a first bar-shaped contact structure, having a second axis forming an angle substantially greater than 0° and less than 90° with the first long axis, wherein the first bar-shaped contact structure at least partially covers on the first gate line and the second gate line;
a first semiconductor fin, having a third long axis perpendicular to the first direction and overlapping with the first gate line and the second gate line, and
a second semiconductor fin, parallel to and adjacent to the first semiconductor fin and overlapping with the first gate line and the second gate line,
wherein the first bar-shaped contact structure is completely disposed on a portion of an insulation structure disposed between the first semiconductor fin and the second semiconductor fin.

US Pat. No. 10,192,816

SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE AND FABRICATING METHOD THEREOF

Amkor Technology, Inc., ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a first redistribution structure comprising:
a first dielectric layer;
a first conductive trace embedded in the first dielectric layer and comprising:
a first trace top side that is at least partially covered by the first dielectric layer;
a first trace bottom side that is exposed at a bottom side of the first dielectric layer; and
a first trace lateral side that is covered by the first dielectric layer; and
a first conductive via embedded in the first dielectric layer and comprising:
a first via top side that is exposed at a top side of the first dielectric layer;
a first via bottom side that is directly coupled to the first trace top side; and
a first via lateral side that is covered by the first dielectric layer;
a second redistribution structure on a bottom side of the first redistribution structure and comprising:
a second dielectric layer coupled under the bottom side of the first dielectric layer;
a third dielectric layer coupled under a bottom side of the second dielectric layer;
a second conductive trace embedded in the third dielectric layer; and
a second conductive via that extends through the second dielectric layer, wherein:
the second conductive trace extends along the bottom side of the second dielectric layer;
the first conductive trace extends along a top side of the second dielectric layer; and
the second conducive via couples the first conductive trace to the second conductive trace;
a semiconductor die attached to a top side of the first redistribution structure; and
a mold material covering at least a portion of the top side of the first redistribution structure and a lateral side of the semiconductor die,
wherein the first, second, and third dielectric layers comprise a same dielectric material.

US Pat. No. 10,192,813

HARD MACRO HAVING BLOCKAGE SITES, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT INCLUDING SAME AND METHOD OF ROUTING THROUGH A HARD MACRO

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A hard macro having a periphery defining a hard macro area and having a top and a bottom and a hard macro thickness from the top to the bottom, the hard macro including a plurality of vias extending through the hard macro from the top to the bottom and including an array of blockage sites extending through the hard macro, wherein the plurality of vias are formed in at least some of the array of blockage sites and wherein at least one via is configured to connect a first element to a second element, the first element in a first layer different from a layer that includes the hard macro, the first element positioned in a first direction from a line that passes through the at least one via, the second element in a second layer different from the layer that includes the hard macro, the second element positioned in a second direction from the line that passes through the at least one via, and wherein, between the top and the bottom of the hard macro, the line is entirely contained within the hard macro.

US Pat. No. 10,192,803

THERMALLY ENHANCED SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE WITH THERMAL ADDITIVE AND PROCESS FOR MAKING THE SAME

Qorvo US, Inc., Greensbo...

1. A method comprising:providing a precursor package including a module substrate, a thinned flip chip die attached to an upper surface of the module substrate, a cavity over the upper surface of the thinned flip chip die, and a first mold compound component, wherein:
the first mold compound component resides over the upper surface of the module substrate, surrounds the thinned flip chip die, extends above the upper surface of the thinned flip chip die and surrounds the cavity; and
the cavity includes a lower region and an upper region that resides over the lower region;
applying at least one thermal additive throughout the lower region of the cavity and immediately adjacent to the upper surface of the thinned flip chip die, wherein the at least one thermal additive comprises a plurality of particulates;
applying a second mold compound in the cavity to fill the lower region and the upper region of the cavity such that the second mold compound is dispersed throughout the plurality of particulates of the at least one thermal additive in the lower region; and
curing the second mold compound to form a thermally enhanced mold compound component, which includes a lower portion filling the lower region of the cavity and an upper portion filling the upper region of the cavity, wherein:
the at least one thermal additive is dispersed throughout the lower portion; and
a first average thermal conductivity of the lower portion is at least 1.2 times greater than a second average thermal conductivity of the upper portion.

US Pat. No. 10,192,794

WAFER TRANSFER DEVICE

SK SILTRON CO., LTD., Gu...

1. A wafer transfer device comprising:a guide configured to move in a vertical direction or in a horizontal direction;
a moving arm provided on the guide and supporting edge portions of wafers, which are spaced apart from each other such that front surfaces or rear surfaces of the wafers are parallel to the vertical direction;
a laser emission unit disposed on the guide and configured to emit a first laser to the wafers, which are seated on the moving arm and are spaced apart from each other; and
a laser detection unit disposed under the moving arm and configured to collect a second laser that is a portion of the first laser and has passed through a gap between the wafers, which are spaced apart from each other,
wherein the first laser has an emission area in the horizontal direction,
wherein a first end of the emission area is aligned with one end of a first wafer among the wafers, and a second end of the emission area is aligned with one end of a last wafer among the wafers,
wherein the one end of the first wafer is a surface of the first wafer opposite to another surface of the first wafer facing a second wafer among the wafers, and
wherein the one end of the last wafer is a surface of the last wafer opposite to another surface of the last wafer facing a wafer immediately before the last wafer.

US Pat. No. 10,192,784

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEMORY DEVICE CONTAINING SELF-ALIGNED CONTACT VIA STRUCTURES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC,...

1. A three-dimensional memory device comprising:an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate;
memory stack structures extending through the alternating stack, wherein each of the memory stack structures comprises a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel contacting an inner sidewall of the memory film; and
contact via structures adjoined to a top surface of a respective one of the electrically conductive layers, wherein each of the contact via structures includes a respective set of four vertically-extending concave sidewalls.

US Pat. No. 10,192,782

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE USING A PLURALITY OF ETCH STOP LAYERS

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:providing a first interlayer dielectric layer having a conductive pattern;
sequentially forming a first etch stop layer, a second etch stop layer, a second interlayer dielectric layer and a mask pattern on the first interlayer dielectric layer;
forming an opening in the second interlayer dielectric layer using the mask pattern as a mask, the opening exposing a top surface of the second etch stop layer; and
performing an etching process in a single etch, the single etch including removing the mask pattern and the second etch stop layer exposed by the opening to expose a top surface of the first etch stop layer.

US Pat. No. 10,192,778

SEMICONDUCTOR ON INSULATOR STRUCTURE COMPRISING A SACRIFICIAL LAYER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF

GlobalWafers Co., Ltd., ...

1. A method of preparing a multilayer structure, the method comprising:bonding a handle semiconductor oxide layer in interfacial contact with a front surface of a single crystal semiconductor handle substrate to a donor semiconductor nitride layer in interfacial contact with a donor semiconductor oxide layer in interfacial contact with a front surface of a single crystal semiconductor donor substrate to thereby prepare a bonded structure, wherein (i) the single crystal semiconductor donor substrate comprises two major, generally parallel surfaces, one of which is the front surface of the semiconductor donor substrate and the other of which is the back surface of the semiconductor donor substrate, a circumferential edge joining the front and back surfaces of the semiconductor donor substrate, a central plane between the front and back surfaces of the semiconductor donor substrate, and a bulk region between the front and back surfaces of the semiconductor donor substrate, wherein the single crystal semiconductor donor substrate comprises a cleave plane, (ii) the single crystal semiconductor handle substrate comprises two major, generally parallel surfaces, one of which is the front surface of the single crystal semiconductor handle substrate and the other of which is a back surface of the single crystal semiconductor handle substrate, a circumferential edge joining the front surface and the back surface of the single crystal semiconductor handle substrate, a central plane between the front surface and the back surface of the single crystal semiconductor handle substrate, and a bulk region between the front and back surfaces of the single crystal semiconductor handle substrate, and (iii) further wherein the handle semiconductor oxide layer comprises porous silicon dioxide and the handle semiconductor oxide layer has a wet etch rate ratio greater than 2.

US Pat. No. 10,192,777

METHOD OF FABRICATING STI TRENCH

UNITED MICROELECTRONICS C...

1. A method of fabricating a shallow trench isolation (hereafter abbreviated as STI) trench, comprising:providing a substrate;
forming a first mask covering the substrate, and the first mask comprising a plurality of sub-masks, wherein a first trench is disposed between the sub-masks adjacent to each other;
forming a protective layer filling up the first trench;
forming a second mask covering the first mask, and the second mask comprising an opening, wherein one of the sub-masks directly under the opening is defined as a joint STI pattern;
removing the joint STI pattern to transform the first mask into a third mask by taking the second mask as a first protective mask;
removing the second mask;
removing the protective layer; and
removing part of the substrate to form a plurality of STI trenches by taking the third mask as a second protective mask.

US Pat. No. 10,192,776

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF A FLASH WAFER

SHANGHAI HUALI MICROELECT...

1. A manufacturing method of a Flash wafer, comprising the following steps of:S01: fabricating the Flash wafer containing a cell area, a logical area and a capacitance area, and performing a planarization to an upper surface of the Flash wafer, wherein each of the cell area, the logical area and the capacitance area includes a STI and an active area, the STI is located in a gap of the active area, there is a floating gate above the active area, a silicon oxide filled shallow trench is contained in the STI, and the upper surfaces of the planarized silicon oxide filled shallow trench and floating gate are located on the same plane;
S02: adjusting the height of the silicon oxide filled shallow trench in the logical area and the capacitance area by protecting the cell area with a first mask, so that the height of the silicon oxide filled shallow trench in the logical area and the capacitance area is lower than the height of the floating gate after adjusting;
S03: sequentially depositing a silicon nitride layer and a silicon oxide layer on the upper surface of the Flash wafer, and sequentially removing the silicon oxide layer and the silicon nitride layer on the upper surface of the cell area and on the upper surface of the floating gate in the logical area and the capacitance area;
S04: adjusting the height of the silicon oxide filled shallow trench in the cell area and the capacitance area by protecting the logical area with a second mask, so that the height of the silicon oxide filled shallow trench in the cell area is lower than the height of the silicon oxide filled shallow trench in the capacitance area after adjusting;
S05: depositing an interlayer dielectric layer on the surface of the Flash wafer;
S06: removing the interlayer dielectric layer, the silicon oxide, the silicon nitride, the floating gate and a part of the silicon oxide filled shallow trench in the logical area by protecting the cell area and the capacitance area with a third mask, to obtain the cell area, the logical area and the capacitance area which are different in the height of the silicon oxide filled shallow trench.

US Pat. No. 10,192,768

SHEET FOR SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING

LINTEC CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A semiconductor processing sheet, the sheet comprising a base material and a pressure sensitive adhesive layer laminated on at least one surface of the base material,the pressure sensitive adhesive layer being formed of a pressure sensitive adhesive composition, the pressure sensitive adhesive composition containing a polymer having an effective amount of a salt to provide antistatic properties during semiconductor processing and an energy ray curable group, and an energy ray curable pressure sensitive adhesive component excluding the polymer,
a content of the polymer in the pressure sensitive adhesive composition being 0.5 to 30 mass %, and
a weight-average molecular weight of the polymer being 30,000 to 200,000.

US Pat. No. 10,192,766

ELECTROSTATIC CHUCK DEVICE

SUMITOMO OSAKA CEMENT CO....

1. An electrostatic chuck device comprising, in the following order:an electrostatic chuck section having one principal surface serving as a placing surface on which a plate-shaped sample is placed, and having a built-in electrostatic attracting internal electrode;
a first adhesion layer;
a sheet material;
a second adhesion layer; and
a temperature adjusting base section which adjusts a temperature of the electrostatic chuck section to a desired temperature,
wherein the first adhesion layer includes a joining layer having a layer thickness in a range of 1 nm to 500 nm, and a silicone adhesive layer having a thickness in a range of 2 ?m to 30 ?m, and
the second adhesion layer includes a joining layer having a layer thickness in a range of 1 nm to 500 nm, and a silicone adhesive layer having a thickness in a range of 2 ?m to 30 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,192,764

OVERHEAD TRANSPORT VEHICLE

MURATA MACHINERY, LTD., ...

1. An overhead transport vehicle comprising:a body capable of travelling along a track; and
a grip liftably provided in the body by a plurality of suspensions and capable of gripping an article; wherein
the overhead transport vehicle includes a vibration-proof portion disposed between the plurality of suspensions and the grip;
the vibration-proof portion includes:
a first vibration-proof portion disposed on a side, where a first load acts, in a travelling direction of the body or in a width direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to both the travelling direction and a lifting direction of the grip; and
a second vibration-proof portion disposed on a side, where a second load larger than the first load acts, in the travelling direction or in the width direction and having a larger repulsive force than a repulsive force of the first vibration-proof portion; and
the first vibration-proof portion and the second vibration-proof portion each includes a spring or a plurality of springs.

US Pat. No. 10,192,756

METHOD OF MACHINING A LEAD FRAME, AND LEAD FRAME

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors...

1. A method of processing a lead frame having at least one electrically conductive contact section, comprising:forming a depression in the at least one electrically conductive contact section so that a first electrically conductive contact subsection and a second electrically conductive contact subsection are formed, which are delimited from one another by the depression, wherein the depression has a bottom via which an electrically conductive connection between the first electrically conductive contact subsection and the second electrically conductive contact subsection is established, and
forming a housing made of a housing material, which housing comprises a housing frame that at least partially embeds the lead frame, formation of the housing comprising introduction of housing material into the depression so that a housing frame section formed by the housing material introduced into the depression is formed between the first and second electrically conductive contact subsections to mechanically stabilize the first and second electrical conductive contact subsections by the housing frame section.

US Pat. No. 10,192,754

EPITAXIAL SILICON WAFER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE EPITAXIAL SILICON WAFER

SUMCO CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A method for producing an epitaxial silicon wafer, comprising:subjecting a silicon wafer to preliminary thermal treatment for increasing a density of oxygen precipitates, the silicon wafer being one that has an oxygen concentration in a range of 9×1017 atoms/cm3 to 16×1017 atoms/cm3, contains no dislocation cluster and no COP (Crystal Originated Particle), and contains an oxygen precipitation suppression region; and
forming an epitaxial layer on a surface of the silicon wafer after the preliminary thermal treatment,
the method further comprising determining a thermal treatment condition for the preliminary thermal treatment based on a ratio (%) of a width of the oxygen precipitation suppression region in a radial direction of the silicon wafer to a maximum radius of the silicon wafer before the preliminary thermal treatment is carried out;
wherein the preliminary thermal treatment condition is determined so as to satisfy any one of the following relational expressions (1) to (3):
in a case of 9×1017 atoms/cm3?Co<11.5×1017 atoms/cm3:
(Co×(100?X)/5.3×1051)(?1/11.29) in a case of 11.5×1017 atoms/cm3?Co<13.5×1017 atoms/cm3:
(Co×(100?X)/5.3×1051)(?1/11.29) (Co×(100?X)/5.3×1051)(?1/11.29) the ratio (%) of the width of the oxygen precipitation suppression region in the radial direction of the silicon wafer to the maximum radius of the silicon wafer is X, and
the oxygen concentration (atoms/cm3) of the silicon wafer is Co.

US Pat. No. 10,192,753

NONVOLATILE SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATIO...

10. A nonvolatile semiconductor memory device, comprising:a plurality of conductive layers arranged in a first direction and a second direction crossing the first direction, the plurality of conductive layers extending in a third direction, the third direction crossing the first direction and the second direction, the plurality of conductive layers including a first conductive layer and a second conductive layer, the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer being arranged in the second direction;
a first semiconductor layer having the first direction as a longitudinal direction and facing the first conductive layer;
a first charge accumulation layer disposed between the first semiconductor layer and the first conductive layer; and
a second semiconductor layer having the first direction as a longitudinal direction and facing the second conductive layer; and
a second charge accumulation layer disposed between the second semiconductor layer and the second conductive layer, wherein
at least a part of the first conductive layer is disposed between the first semiconductor layer and the second semiconductor layer,
at least a part of the second conductive layer is disposed between the first conductive layer and the second semiconductor layer, and
the first conductive layer having a first surface in the second direction facing the first semiconductor layer and a second surface in the second direction facing the second conductive layer, an upper end and a lower end of the second surface being rounded.

US Pat. No. 10,192,735

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORAT...

1. A manufacturing method of a semiconductor device comprising:(a) generating hydrogen radicals and oxygen radicals by plasma excitation of a mixed gas of hydrogen gas and oxygen gas or a mixed gas of hydrogen gas and oxygen-containing gas, and oxidizing a silicon surface of a substrate on which the silicon surface and a metal surface are exposed by exposing the surface of the substrate to the hydrogen radicals and the oxygen radicals to obtain the substrate on which the metal surface and an oxidized silicon surface are formed; and
(b) after performing (a), continuing the generation of the hydrogen radicals and stopping the generation of the oxygen radicals, by plasma excitation of hydrogen gas without oxygen gas and oxygen-containing gas, and exposing the surface of the substrate to a reducing atmosphere created with the hydrogen radicals,
wherein the oxygen radicals generated in (a) is remained in (b) in a space where the substrate is exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,192,734

SHORT INORGANIC TRISILYLAMINE-BASED POLYSILAZANES FOR THIN FILM DEPOSITION

Air Liquide Advanced Mate...

1. A silicon-containing film forming composition comprising a precursor selected from the group consisting of:[(SiR3)2NSiH2]m—NH2-m—C?N, with m=1 or 2;  (a)
[(SiR3)2NSiH2]n—NL3-n,with n=2 or 3;  (b)
(SiH3)2NSiH2—O—SiH2N(SiH3)2; and  (c)
(SiR?3)2N—SiH2—N(SiR?3)2;  (d)whereineach R is independently selected from H, a dialkylamino group having the formula NR1R2, or an amidinate,
Each R? is independently selected from H, a dialkylamino group having the formula NR1R2, or an amidinate, with the provision that all R? are not H,
R1 and R2 are independently selected from H or a C1-C12 hydrocarbyl group, with the provision that R1 and R2 cannot be simultaneously equal to H, and that if R1 is H, then R2 is a C2-C12 hydrocarbyl group, and NR? R2 may together form an N-containing heterocyclic ligand, and
L is selected from H or a C1-C6 hydrocarbyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,192,725

ATMOSPHERIC INTERFACE FOR ELECTRICALLY GROUNDED ELECTROSPRAY

Waters Technologies Corpo...

1. An interface comprising:a front cone and an end piece;
a first ceramic tube having an inner bore extending from the front cone to the end piece, said inner bore comprising an entrance orifice and an exit orifice, and wherein the first ceramic tube is fabricated from a first ceramic material that is electrically resistive and thermally conductive; and
a high voltage DC power supply electrically connected at a first polarity to the front cone and to a front electrode in electrical and thermal contact with the front cone, and at a second polarity to the end piece.

US Pat. No. 10,192,723

SOFT IONIZATION BASED ON CONDITIONED GLOW DISCHARGE FOR QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

LECO Corporation, St. Jo...

12. An ion source for a mass spectrometry apparatus, comprising:reactor chamber defining a sampling conditioning channel;
a glow discharge chamber residing adjacent to the reactor chamber;
a tubular electrode extruding into an interior of the glow discharge chamber, wherein the tubular electrode receives a voltage;
a sample nozzle residing at an outlet end of the reactor chamber;
a capillary for sample introduction, wherein the capillary passes through the glow discharge chamber, protrudes through the tubular electrode, and at least partially passes through the reactor chamber; and
a mechanical fluid pump residing in a location to allow evacuation of gas, wherein the mechanical fluid pump evacuates the gas from the glow discharge chamber past the sampling nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,192,720

PLASMA PROCESSING APPARATUS

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. A plasma processing apparatus comprising:a processing chamber disposed inside a vacuum vessel having a sidewall made of a dielectric material having transparency or translucency, the processing chamber configured to be internally reduced in pressure;
a stage disposed at a lower portion inside the processing chamber and configured to mount a wafer to be processed thereon;
a coil disposed around outer side of the sidewall, the coil configured to be supplied with radio-frequency power and form plasma above the stage in the processing chamber;
a lamp disposed above the coil outside the vacuum vessel, the lamp configured to radiate light onto the wafer from an upper portion of the processing chamber;
a reflector disposed around an outer side of the coil, the reflector configured to reflect the light to radiate towards an inside of the processing chamber; and
a member disposed between the lamp and the stage, the member being configured to change direction of the light from the lamp and suppress expansion of the light toward an outside of the processing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,192,718

PLASMA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PLASMA PROCESSING METHOD

HITACHI HIGH-TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A plasma processing method to perform plasma processing using a plasma processing apparatus having a vacuum chamber; a first radio-frequency power supply which supplies first radio-frequency power for generating plasma in the vacuum chamber; a sample stage disposed in the vacuum chamber on which a sample is mounted; a second radio-frequency power supply which supplies second radio-frequency power to the sample stage; and a matching box which performs matching for suppressing reflection of the second radio-frequency power, the method comprising the steps of:time-modulating the first radio-frequency power and the second radio-frequency power;
acquiring with the matching box information being used for performing the matching during a sampling effective period which is from a point of time after elapse of a prescribed time until an end of on-state of the time-modulated second radio-frequency power; and
matching with the matching box using the acquired information to suppress reflection of the second radio-frequency power,
wherein the prescribed time starts from a beginning of an on-state of the time-modulated second radio-frequency power and the information being used for performing the matching is not acquired during the prescribed time.

US Pat. No. 10,192,713

CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM DEVICE

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. A charged particle beam apparatus comprising:a sample holder configured to hold a sample; and
a sample stage into which the sample holder is introduced,
wherein
the sample holder includes:
a shaft portion configured to hold a sample base on which a sample is placed on one end portion;
a step portion configured to he formed in a radial direction of the shaft portion; and
an elastic body configured to be arranged in a vicinity of the step portion, the sample stage includes:
a cylindrical portion configured to be capable of accommodation of a part of the shaft portion;
an outer cylindrical portion configured to accommodate the cylindrical portion; and
a guide portion configured to be arranged between the cylindrical portion and the outer cylindrical portion, the guide portion including a ball member configured to be capable of rotation in an axial direction of the shaft portion, the guide portion supporting the cylindrical portion in the radial direction of the shaft portion,
the cylindrical portion forms a support portion configured to contact the step portion when the sample holder is inserted, and
contact between the step portion and a support portion generates a frictional force in the radial direction of the shaft portion relative to the sample holder.

US Pat. No. 10,192,709

RELATIVISTIC MAGNETRON USING A VIRTUAL CATHODE

STC.UNM, Albuquerque, NM...

1. A relativistic magnetron comprising:an anode with an entrant channel, said channel having an input end, an output end, said channel having a first region and a second region, said first region in communication with said second region and having a smaller radius than said second region, said first and second regions forming a dimensional discontinuity at the location where said channel changes from said first region to said second region, said dimensional discontinuity located between said input and output ends of said channel;
said channel connected to the magnetron anode defining an interaction space located between said dimensional discontinuity and said output end;
a cathode located upstream a spaced distance away from said interaction space towards said input end, said cathode adapted to send an electron beam into said interaction space;
said electron beam forms a virtual cathode in said interaction space; and
a magnetic mirror configured to suppress axial electron beam leakage current.

US Pat. No. 10,192,694

INTERLOCKING CONTROL DEVICE OF MULTIPLE-UNIT TRAIN SAFETY CIRCUIT

CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG CO., ...

1. An interlocking control device for a multiple-unit safety circuit, comprising:a protective grounding switch control branch which comprises: a pantograph rising pneumatic circuit cut-off valve, a protective grounding switch turn-off pneumatic circuit cut-off valve and a protective grounding switch turn-off solenoid valve which are connected in series, wherein
when high-voltage equipment of a multiple-unit train is under inspection and maintenance or is powered by an external power supply, a protective grounding switch is turned on, a cock of the pantograph rising pneumatic circuit cut-off valve and a cock of the protective grounding switch turn-off pneumatic circuit cut-off valve are rotated to open a cover of a key box, the protective grounding switch control branch is disconnected, the protective grounding switch turn-off solenoid valve connected in series in the protective grounding switch control branch is powered off to maintain the protective grounding switch in an on state; and
the cover of the key box is mechanically locked by means of the pantograph rising pneumatic circuit cut-off valve and the protective grounding switch turn-off pneumatic circuit cut-off valve.

US Pat. No. 10,192,681

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A CRYOGENIC COIL ASSEMBLY

Gedex Systems Inc., Miss...

1. A method of manufacturing a cryogenic coil assembly, the method comprising:a) securing a wire lead of a wire within a lead channel of a substrate, wherein a plurality of radial channels and the lead channel are formed in a substantially circular region of the substrate,
b) clamping the substrate to a backing plate, wherein a gap is defined between the substrate and the backing plate to accommodate the wire, wherein the backing plate is adapted to resist adherence to a chemical bonding agent;
c) removably securing a mandrel to the backing plate and substrate, wherein the mandrel locates in a hole defined in a center of the circular region of the substrate;
d) turning the mandrel, substrate, and backing plate to wind the wire into a spiral coil, wherein the wire passes through a bath before being wound into the coil, wherein the bath contains the chemical bonding agent; and
e) permitting the chemical agent to cure;
wherein the chemical agent seeps into the radial channels prior to being cured, such that the chemical bonding agent, when cured, is present within the radial channels.

US Pat. No. 10,192,677

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LEAKAGE MONITORING FOR OIL-IMMERSED ELECTRICAL TRANSFORMERS

ABB Inc., Cary, NC (US)

1. A method of monitoring for oil leakage from an oil-immersed electrical transformer comprising:measuring, using at least a top-oil temperature sensor, a top-oil temperature of an oil of the oil-immersed electrical transformer;
measuring, using at least a temperature sensor, an ambient temperature;
measuring, using at least a current sensor, a winding current of at least one winding of the oil-immersed electrical transformer;
communicating, using a communication interface that is configured for interfacing with the top-oil temperature sensor, the temperature sensor, and the current sensor, online measurements comprising the ambient temperature measurement, the top-oil temperature measurement, and the winding current measurement;
determining, by a processing circuit, characteristic values for first and second parameters of a transformer top-oil temperature model, wherein the first parameter represents a top-oil temperature rise over ambient temperature and the second parameter represents an oil time constant, and wherein the characteristic values for the first and second parameters comprises at least one of pre-configured factory values and collected historical measurements;
estimating, by the processing circuit and using at least the determined characteristic values for the first and second parameters with the transformer top-oil temperature model, a top-oil temperature;
comparing, by the processing circuit, the estimated top-oil temperature to the on-line measurements;
fitting, by the processing circuit and in response to the comparison of the estimated top-oil temperature to the on-line measurements and in an iterative optimization process, the first and second parameters to obtain fitted characteristic values for the first and second parameters;
estimating, by the processing circuit, a transformer oil thermal capacitance as a function of the fitted characteristic values and correspondingly estimating a transformer oil weight as a function of the estimated transformer oil thermal capacitance;
generating, by the processing circuit, alarm signaling, based on comparing the estimated transformer oil weight to a characteristic transformer oil weight, the characteristic transformer oil weight being calculated from at least the characteristic values for the first and second parameters and
generating, by the processing circuit, a maintenance diagnostic of the oil-immersed electrical transformer based on the generated alarm signaling, the maintenance diagnostic implemented by the oil-immersed electrical transformer to detect a loss of oil from the oil-immersed electrical transformer.

US Pat. No. 10,192,670

REACTOR

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A reactor comprising:a combined body that includes: a coil; and a magnetic core that is located inside and outside the coil to form a closed magnetic circuit,
wherein the coil includes a pair of winding portions that are arranged side by side,
the magnetic core includes: an inner core portion that is located inside the coil; and an outer core portion that is located outside the coil and is arranged in a direction that is orthogonal to an axial direction of the coil,
the outer core portion:
is formed using a composite material that is a resin in which magnetic powder is dispersed; and
includes: a main body portion that includes a portion that serves as a magnetic path; and attachment portions that are formed integrally with the main body portion, are provided with bolt holes into which bolts for fixing the combined body to a cooling base are inserted, and bulge from outer circumferential edges of portions of the main body portion in the vicinity of the cooling base,
a center point of each of the bolt holes is located outward of a circle that is formed around a center point that is located in the vicinity of a connecting portion between an inner surface of the inner core portion and an inner surface of the outer core portion, and has a radius that is equal to a thickness of the outer core portion in the axial direction of the coil,
no collar is provided in any of the bolt holes,
the reactor further comprises a flat plate member that is fastened to the outer core portion by the bolts, and is disposed such that the coil is exposed, and
the bolts and the flat plate member are formed using a non-magnetic metal material.

US Pat. No. 10,192,669

VECTOR MAGNETIC CHARACTERISTIC CONTROLLED MATERIAL AND IRON CORE

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A vector magnetic characteristic controlled material, comprising:a grain-oriented electrical steel to which a magnetic domain ultra-refinement process has been applied, the steel including a surface on which continuous and linear scratches are formed in two directions intersecting each other at approximately right angles and having parallel spacing of between about 0.25 mm and about 0.50 mm and in both directions, wherein the parallel spacing is the distance separating parallel scratches, and wherein the material has a magnetic domain structure in which each magnetic domain is divided into plural granular magnetic domains.

US Pat. No. 10,192,665

MAGNETIC MOUNT SYSTEM

Attachit LLC, Gillett, W...

1. A magnetic mounting system comprising:a device having an indexing magnetic attachment feature comprising a first single multipole magnet; and
a magnetic device mount having a mating indexing magnetic attachment feature comprising a second single multipole magnet,
wherein the first single multipole magnet and the second single multipole magnet each comprise a magnet having multiple polarities arranged at predetermined locations in a pattern forming a magnetic lock and key system between the first single multipole magnet and the second single multipole magnet which orients the device relative to the mount at predictable and programmed intervals, which intervals comprise a specific angular, radial, and/or longitudinal alignment of the device relative to the mount without a mechanical interface.

US Pat. No. 10,192,659

CHIP RESISTOR

KOA Corporation, Ina-shi...

1. A chip resistor comprising: a ceramic substrate that is shaped like a cuboid; a pair of front electrodes that are provided on lengthwise opposite end portions of a front surface of the ceramic substrate; a resistor body that is provided between and connected to the pair of front electrodes; a protective layer that covers the resistor body; a pair of back electrodes that are provided on lengthwise opposite end portions of a back surface of the ceramic substrate; end-surface electrodes through which the front electrodes and the back electrodes are electrically conductively connected to each other respectively; and external electrodes that cover the end-surface electrodes; wherein:a pair of insulating resin layers are formed on the back surface of the ceramic substrate with interposition of a predetermined interval therebetween so as to cover edge portions of the back electrodes; and at least opposed side end portions of the insulating resin layers are exposed from the external electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,192,658

CHIP RESISTOR

KOA CORPORATION, Ina-shi...

1. A chip resistor comprising: an insulating substrate that is shaped like a cuboid; a pair of front electrodes that are provided on lengthwise opposite edge portions of a front surface of the insulating substrate; a resistor body that is provided between the two front electrodes; an insulating protection layer that covers entire surfaces of the resistor body and the two front electrodes; and a pair of terminal electrodes that are provided on opposite lengthwise end surfaces of the insulating substrate; wherein: the front electrodes are exposed from opposite widthwise end surfaces and the lengthwise end surfaces of the insulating substrate, and the terminal electrodes wrap around the widthwise end surfaces of the insulating substrate to be thereby connected to the front electrodes only at the exposed portions of the front electrodes that are exposed from the widthwise end surfaces and the lengthwise end surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,192,656

JOINTED POWER CABLE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NKT HV Cables GmbH, Bade...

1. A power cable comprising:a conductive core comprising a conductor including a plurality of sections, and an electrical insulation system enclosing the conductor, and
a sheath enclosing the conductive core,
wherein one of the plurality of sections of the conductor is a first conductor section and another of the plurality of sections of the conductor is a second conductor section, the first conductor section having a first cross-sectional geometry that provides a first ampacity for the first conductor section, and the second conductor section having a second cross-sectional geometry that provides a second ampacity for the second conductor section, wherein the first ampacity is higher than the second ampacity,
wherein the plurality of sections are thermally joined, and wherein the electrical insulation system extends continually from the first conductor section to the second conductor section of the conductor,
wherein the first conductor section comprises a plurality of strands and wherein the first cross-sectional geometry is a first strand configuration, and wherein the second conductor section comprises a plurality of strands and wherein the second cross-sectional geometry is a second strand configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,192,652

MULTI-COVER BUS BAR UNIT FOR ROTARY MACHINES

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A bus bar unit comprising:a plurality of bus bars that electrically connects coils of each phase of a rotary electric machine and an external power supply;
a plurality of inner holding sections that separately covers portions of the plurality of bus bars and separately hold the plurality of bus bars, wherein the plurality of inner holding sections are separately mounted on the plurality of bus bars; and
an outer holding section that is formed of an insulating material, that collectively covers the plurality of inner holding sections, and that is formed in a state in which the plurality of bus bars are electrically insulated.

US Pat. No. 10,192,649

ALUMINUM ALLOY CONDUCTOR, INSULATED WIRE INCLUDING THE CONDUCTOR, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE INSULATED WIRE

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. An aluminum alloy conductor formed of an aluminum alloy, the aluminum alloy having a chemical composition comprising:cobalt of 0.1 mass % or more and 1 mass % or less;
at least one of scandium of 0.1 mass % or more and 0.5 mass % or less and zirconium of 0.2 mass % or more and 0.5 mass % or less; and
a balance made up of aluminum and inevitable impurities,
wherein the aluminum alloy conductor has a matrix containing fine particles of a compound of at least one of the scandium and the zirconium with the aluminum, and
wherein the fine particles are dispersedly precipitated in the matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,192,639

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEDICAL SUGGESTION SEARCH

DrFirst.com, Inc., Rockv...

1. A method, implemented on at least one computing device having at least one processor, storage, and a communication platform connected to a network for providing medical suggestion, the method comprising:receiving one or more dimensions, each of the one or more dimensions relating to an attribute of a patient or an attribute of a physician;
identifying, for each of the one or more dimensions, at least one medical suggestion from a data map associating medical suggestions with dimensions, wherein each dimension-medical suggestion pair in the data map has an associated confidence score indicative of a degree of match between the medical suggestion and the dimension, the degree of match being based on statistical analysis of medical transaction data identified as relevant to the dimension-medical suggestion pair;
calculating, for each medical suggestion, an aggregated confidence score based on an aggregation of the associated confidence scores for the medical suggestion with respect to each of the one or more dimensions;
providing, for selection, at least some of the medical suggestions based on the aggregated confidence score of each medical suggestion;
receiving a selection of a first medical suggestion of the at least some of the medical suggestions provided; and
boosting confidence scores for the dimension-medical suggestion pairs associated with the one or more dimensions and the first medical suggestion responsive to the selection, the boosted confidence score of a dimension-medical suggestion pair being used in calculating the aggregated confidence score for the medical suggestion responsive to a subsequent receipt of the dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,192,635

FINFET-BASED MEMORY TESTING USING MULTIPLE READ OPERATIONS

Synopsys, Inc., Mountain...

1. A method for testing a FinFET array including a plurality of FinFET cells, each said FinFET cell having an associated array address, the FinFET array being configured such that the associated array addresses of said plurality of FinFET cells are arranged in a sequential address order, the method comprising:performing a first test pattern including performing a first March-type read operation to verify that each said FinFET cell stores a logic-0 value, performing a first March-type write operation to store a logic-1 value in each said FinFET cell, and performing a first sequence including multiple sequential March-type read-1 operations;
performing a second test pattern including performing a second March-type read operation to verify that each said FinFET cell stores said logic-1 value, performing a second March-type write operation to store said logic-0 value in each said FinFET cell, and performing a second sequence including multiple sequential March-type read-0 operations;
performing a third test pattern including performing a third March-type read operation to verify that each said FinFET cell stores said logic-0 value, performing a third March-type write operation to store said logic-1 value in each said FinFET cell, and performing a third sequence including multiple sequential March-type read-1 operations; and
performing a fourth test pattern including performing a fourth March-type read operation to verify that each said FinFET cell stores said logic-1 value, performing a fourth March-type write operation to store said logic-0 in each said FinFET cell, and performing a fourth sequence including multiple sequential March-type read-0 operations,
wherein performing said first and second test patterns comprises accessing said FinFET cells in an increasing address order, and
wherein performing said third and fourth test patterns comprises accessing said FinFET cells in a decreasing address order.

US Pat. No. 10,192,620

NONVOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE, OPERATING METHOD OF NONVOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE, AND STORAGE DEVICE INCLUDING NONVOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A nonvolatile memory device, comprising:a memory cell array including a plurality of nonvolatile memory cells configured to store data therein, wherein each of the nonvolatile memory cells is connected to one of a plurality of word lines and one of a plurality of bit lines of the memory cell array;
a row decoder connected to the word lines and configured to selectively apply at least one word line voltage to at least one of the word lines;
a page buffer connected to the plurality of bit lines; and
a ready/busy signal pin,
wherein the nonvolatile memory device is configured to perform a word line precharge operation by:
causing the ready/busy signal pin to indicate that the nonvolatile memory device is in a precharge busy state wherein the nonvolatile memory device is not available to perform memory access operations for the nonvolatile memory cells;
applying one or more word line precharge voltages to one or more selected word lines among the plurality of word lines to precharge the selected word lines; and
after at least a portion of the word line precharge operation, causing the ready/busy signal pin to transition from indicating the precharge busy state, to indicating that the nonvolatile memory device is in a ready state wherein the nonvolatile memory device is available to perform memory access operations for the nonvolatile memory cells.

US Pat. No. 10,192,618

NONVOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An operating method of a nonvolatile memory device, the method comprising:first storing a first data in a first reference cell and a second data opposite to the first data in a second reference cell, the first reference cell connected to a word line and a first reference bit line and the second reference cell connected to the word line and a second reference bitline;
comparing a voltage of the first reference bit line with a voltage of the second reference bit line to determine whether at least one of the first and second data is abnormally stored in the first and second reference cells after the first storing is performed; and
when it is determined that at least one of the first and second data is abnormally stored in the first and second reference cells, second storing the second data in the first reference cell and the first data in the second reference cell.

US Pat. No. 10,192,617

CIRCUIT AND ARRAY CIRCUIT FOR IMPLEMENTING SHIFT OPERATION

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A circuit for implementing a shift operation, the circuit comprising:a resistive random-access memory, a first switch, a second switch, a third switch, and a fourth switch;
wherein the first switch is closed when a first end of the first switch is at a low level, the second switch is closed when a first end of the second switch is at a high level, the third switch is closed when a first end of the third switch is at a high level, and the fourth switch is closed when a first end of the fourth switch is at a low level;
wherein a second end of the first switch and a second end of the third switch are connected to a negative input end of the resistive random-access memory;
wherein a second end of the second switch and a second end of the fourth switch are connected to a positive input end of the resistive random-access memory;
wherein the first end of the first switch, the first end of the second switch, the first end of the third switch, and the first end of the fourth switch are connected to an output end of a previous-stage circuit for implementing the shift operation;
wherein a third end of the first switch and a third end of the second switch are connected to a bias voltage end; and
wherein a third end of the third switch and a third end of the fourth switch are connected to a ground end.

US Pat. No. 10,192,615

ONE-TIME PROGRAMMABLE DEVICES HAVING A SEMICONDUCTOR FIN STRUCTURE WITH A DIVIDED ACTIVE REGION

Attopsemi Technology Co.,...

1. An One-Time Programmable (OTP) memory, comprising:a plurality of OTP cells, at least one of the OTP cells comprising:
a resistive element; and
at least one semiconductor fin structure residing in a common well or on an isolated substrate, the semiconductor fin structure including a plurality of fins, at least one of the plurality of fins being covered by at least one MOS gate to divide the at least one of the plurality of fins into at least a first active region and a second active region, the first active region having a first type of dopant, and the second active region having the first type of dopant or the second type of dopant; the first active region coupled to one end of the resistive element, the other end of the resistive element coupled to a first voltage supply line, the second active region coupled to a second voltage supply line, and the MOS gate coupled to a third voltage supply line,
wherein the first and/or the second active regions of two or more of the plurality of fins are coupled together by at least one extended source/drain, and
wherein the resistive element can be configured to be programmable into a different resistance state by applying voltages to the first, second, and the third voltage supply lines.

US Pat. No. 10,192,610

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SYNCHRONIZING COMMUNICATION WITH A MEMORY CONTROLLER

Rambus Inc., Sunnyvale, ...

1. An integrated-circuit device comprising:a data transmitter having a data input to receive a data input signal, a timing input to receive a timing signal, and a data output to transmit a data output signal timed to the timing signal;
a strobe transmitter to transmit a transmit-strobe signal synchronized with the timing signal; and
a phase-control circuit to control a phase of the timing signal and the transmit-strobe signal, the phase-control circuit including:
memory to store at least one transmit state setting the phase of the timing signal and the transmit-strobe signal.

US Pat. No. 10,192,609

MEMORY COMPONENT WITH PATTERN REGISTER CIRCUITRY TO PROVIDE DATA PATTERNS FOR CALIBRATION

Rambus Inc., Sunnyvale, ...

1. A controller to control operations of a memory component, the controller comprising:a first circuit to transmit commands to the memory component, the commands including:
a first command that specifies a first data pattern to be stored in a first register of the memory component;
a second command that specifies a second data pattern to be stored in a second register of the memory component; and,
a third command to select one of the first data pattern or the second data pattern to be output by the memory component;
a second circuit to receive, from the memory component as a received data pattern, the one of the first data pattern or the second data pattern output by the memory component, as selected by the third command; and,
calibration circuitry to based on the received data pattern, adjust a timing of a timing reference signal for sampling data at the second circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,192,598

MEMORY DEVICE COMPRISING PROGRAMMABLE COMMAND-AND-ADDRESS AND/OR DATA INTERFACES

Rambus Inc., Sunnyvale, ...

1. A method comprising:providing command-and-address (CA) interface configuration information to a pair of memory devices comprising a first memory device and a second memory device, wherein the pair of memory devices is arranged in a clamshell configuration, wherein the CA interface configuration information specifies which CA interfaces are to be configured as active CA interfaces, wherein each active CA interface belongs to a pair of active CA interfaces, wherein each pair of active CA interfaces comprises a first active CA interface on the first memory device and a second active CA interface on the second memory device, and wherein the first active CA interface and the second active CA interface are physically aligned with each other; and
providing a CA signal to one or more pairs of active CA interfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,192,597

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

SK hynix Inc., Icheon-si...

1. An operating method of a semiconductor device, the operating method comprising performing a soft program operation on a top dummy cell and a bottom dummy cell which are stacked in a vertical direction from a substrate, by applying a first soft program voltage to a bottom dummy word line coupled to the bottom dummy cell and a second soft program voltage greater than the first soft program voltage to a top dummy word line coupled to the top dummy cell formed above the bottom dummy cell,wherein a width of the top dummy cell coupled to the top dummy word line is greater than a width of the bottom dummy cell coupled to the bottom dummy word line.

US Pat. No. 10,192,592

SYSTEMS AND METHODS INVOLVING DATA BUS INVERSION MEMORY CIRCUITRY, CONFIGURATION AND/OR OPERATION INCLUDING DATA SIGNALS GROUPED INTO 10 BITS AND/OR OTHER FEATURES

GSI TECHNOLOGY, INC., Su...

1. A DRAM device involving data signals grouped into 10 bits, the device comprising:a memory core;
input circuitry that receives a data bus inversion (DBI) bit associated with a data signal as input directly, without transmission through DBI logic associated with an input buffer;
circuitry, including one or both of section circuitry and memory circuitry, that stores the DBI bit into the memory core, reads the DBI bit from the memory core, and provides the DBI bit as output, wherein the memory device stores and processes the DBI bit on an internal data bus as a regular data bit; and
a data buffering circuit coupled to the memory core, the data buffering circuit including a write buffer comprising a data register positioned between the input circuitry and the DBI logic and storing the data to be written into the memory core on a later cycle, an address register storing addresses corresponding to the stored data signal, and a comparator comparing a read address to the addresses stored in the write buffer,
wherein data from the data register is retrieved as an output data signal instead of data from the DBI logic when the comparator determines that the address stored in the address register matches the read address, thereby causing the output data signal to bypass the DBI logic.

US Pat. No. 10,192,585

SCENE AND ACTIVITY IDENTIFICATION IN VIDEO SUMMARY GENERATION BASED ON MOTION DETECTED IN A VIDEO

GoPro, Inc., San Mateo, ...

1. A method for identifying video clips for inclusion in a video summary, the method comprising:accessing a video, the video including video frames;
dividing individual video frames into tiles;
determining motion values of individual tiles of the individual video frames, the motion values characterizing movement of visual content within a corresponding tile between proximate video frames;
identifying tiles in the video frames having motion values that satisfy one or more motion criteria, wherein the one or more motion criteria includes a first motion criterion defining a first threshold velocity value, the individual tiles satisfying the first motion criterion based on the motion values of the individual tiles being greater than the first threshold velocity value;
generating a motion profile for the video based on the motion values determined for the individual tiles of the individual video frames, the motion profile characterizing, on a per video frame basis, an amount of the tiles within the individual video frames that satisfy the one or more motion criteria;
identifying one or more of the video frames based on the motion profile; and
generating the video summary, the video summary including the identified video frames.

US Pat. No. 10,192,583

VIDEO EDITING USING CONTEXTUAL DATA AND CONTENT DISCOVERY USING CLUSTERS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method, comprising:collecting, using a processor, metadata from a sensor concurrently with recording a video, wherein the metadata is synchronized in time with the video;
detecting, using the processor, at least one of attributes of the metadata or attributes of the video;
correlating, using the processor, the attributes with a plurality of video editors by determining which video editor of the plurality of video editors is associated with the attributes, wherein the correlating determines that more than one of the video editors of the plurality of video editors are associated with the attributes;
selecting, using the processor, each video editor associated with at least one of the attributes from the plurality of video editors; and
executing each selected video editor in a predetermined order as part of a video editing workflow.

US Pat. No. 10,192,567

ECHO CANCELLATION AND SUPPRESSION IN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Motorola Mobility LLC, C...

8. A portable device comprising:an audio playback subsystem comprising a first speaker;
a first microphone;
an echo cancellation and echo suppression system communicatively coupled to the audio playback subsystem and the first microphone and comprising:
a dual channel echo cancellation stage comprising:
an adaptive filter that receives a first reference signal from a first channel based on an audio playback component of a portable device and that receives an echo signal from a second channel based on a microphone signal of the portable device and which generates an adaptively filtered first reference signal;
a least mean squares filter that calculates adaptive filter weights for the adaptive filter;
a subtraction component that subtracts the adaptively filtered first reference signal from the first microphone from an echo signal to create an error signal; and
a dual channel echo suppression stage that receives the adaptively filtered first reference signal and the error signal and that:
detects spectral energy in the adaptively filtered first reference signal and in the error signal;
calculates echo-to-speech ratio (ESR) of the spectral energy; and
adjusts spectral gain of the error signal based on the ESR to generate a first output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,192,566

NOISE REDUCTION IN AN AUDIO SYSTEM

Sorenson IP Holdings, LLC...

15. A method comprising:obtaining a plurality of microphone signals derived from a microphone array that includes a plurality of omnidirectional microphones, each of the plurality of microphone signals being derived from a different microphone of the microphone array;
determining that the plurality of microphone signals include noise based on two or more of the plurality of microphone signals; and
selecting a reduced-noise signal instead of a beamformed signal as all of an output signal based on determining that the plurality of microphone signals include noise, the beamformed signal is based on beamforming of two or more of the plurality of microphone signals and the reduced-noise signal is based on an averaging of two or more of the plurality of microphone signals or is based on only one of the plurality of microphone signals.

US Pat. No. 10,192,564

SIGNAL QUALITY-BASED ENHANCEMENT AND COMPENSATION OF COMPRESSED AUDIO SIGNALS

Harman International Indu...

1. A system for treatment of compressed audio signals, comprising:a processor;
a sampler executable by the processor to divide an audio signal into a series of sequential samples;
a signal quality detector executable by the processor to identify a consistent brick wall frequency of the audio signal spanning a plurality of the sequential samples at an outset of the audio signal and to determine a signal treatment indication proportional to the brick wall frequency; and
a signal enhancer executable by the processor to
sequentially receive and analyze one or more sample components of the audio signal to identify lost parts of the audio signal in the one or more sample components of respective sequential samples, and
apply to the audio signal, at a level in accordance with the signal quality indication, a corresponding signal treatment for each of the one or more sample components of respective sequential samples having a corresponding identified lost part.

US Pat. No. 10,192,559

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DECOMPRESSING A COMPRESSED HOA SIGNAL

Dolby Laboratories Licens...

1. A method of decoding a compressed Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) representation of a sound or soundfield, the method comprising:receiving a bit stream containing the compressed HOA representation;
determining whether there are multiple layers relating to the compressed HOA representation;
decoding, based on a determination that there are multiple layers, the compressed HOA representation from the bitstream to obtain a sequence of decoded HOA representations, wherein a first subset of the sequence of decoded HOA representations corresponds to a first set of indices and a second subset of the sequence of decoded HOA representations corresponds to a second set of indices,
wherein the first set of indices is based on OMIN channels,
wherein, for each index in the first set of indices, a corresponding decoded HOA representation in the first subset is determined based on only a corresponding ambient HOA component,
wherein the second set of indices is determined based on at least one of the multiple layers, and
where, for an index n and a frame k,
wherein ?AMB,n(k?1) represents a corresponding ambient sound component and ?n,PS(k?1) represents a corresponding predominant sound component.

US Pat. No. 10,192,556

SPEECH RECOGNITION WITH ACOUSTIC MODELS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer implemented method comprising:receiving, by one or more computers, an acoustic sequence, the acoustic sequence representing an utterance, and the acoustic sequence comprising a sequence of multiple frames of acoustic data at each of a plurality of time steps;
stacking, by the one or more computers, one or more frames of acoustic data to generate a sequence of modified frames of acoustic data;
subsampling, by the one or more computers, the sequence of modified frames of acoustic data to generate a sequence of subsampled modified frames by removing one or more modified frames from the sequence of modified frames; and
processing, by the one or more computers, the sequence of subsampled modified frames of acoustic data through an acoustic modeling neural network to generate as output, for each subsampled modified frame, a set of scores for the subsampled modified frame, the set of scores for the subsampled modified frame comprising (i) a respective score for each of a plurality of vocabulary phonemes and (ii) a score for a blank character, the score for each vocabulary phoneme representing a respective likelihood that the vocabulary phoneme represents the utterance at the subsampled modified frame and the score for the blank character representing a likelihood that the utterance at the subsampled modified frame is incomplete.

US Pat. No. 10,192,552

DIGITAL ASSISTANT PROVIDING WHISPERED SPEECH

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device, comprising:one or more processors;
memory; and
one or more programs stored in memory, the one or more programs including instructions for:
receiving a speech input from a user;
determining, based on the speech input, that a whispered speech response is to be provided;
upon determining that a whispered speech response is to be provided, generating the whispered speech response, wherein generating the whispered speech response comprises:
generating text based on the speech input;
performing natural language processing of the text;
generating an intermediate speech based on a result of the natural language processing;
obtaining a residual signal based on a linear prediction analysis of the intermediate speech;
modifying the residual signal; and
obtaining the whispered speech response based on a linear prediction synthesis of the modified residual signal; and
providing the whispered speech response to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,192,551

USING TEXTUAL INPUT AND USER STATE INFORMATION TO GENERATE REPLY CONTENT TO PRESENT IN RESPONSE TO THE TEXTUAL INPUT

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method implemented by one or more processors, comprising:receiving textual input, the textual input being based on user interface input generated by a user via one or more user interface input devices of a computing device of the user,
wherein the user interface input is generated by the user as part of a dialog that includes the user and an automated assistant implemented by one or more of the processors;
determining user state information for the user, wherein the user state information identifies a state of the user, is in addition to the textual input, and is based on sensor data generated by the computing device or an additional computing device of the user;
generating reply content based on both the textual input and the user state information, wherein the reply content includes at least one selectable graphical element that, when selected via further user interface input, causes the computing device of the user to present additional content to the user, and wherein generating the reply content based on both the textual input and the user state information comprises:
issuing a search of one or more databases based on both the textual input and the user state information,
receiving one or more search results in response to issuing the search, and
incorporating one or more of the search results into the reply content, wherein the selectable graphical element is associated with one of the search results; and
providing the reply content in response to the user interface input, wherein the reply content is provided for inclusion in the dialog in response to the textual input, and wherein the reply content is provided for presentation via one or more user interface output devices.

US Pat. No. 10,192,546

PRE-WAKEWORD SPEECH PROCESSING

AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving audio;
storing, in non-transitory memory, audio data representing the audio;
determining a first location in the audio data that includes a first amount of non-speech audio data;
determining a wakeword at a second location in the audio data, the audio data including non-wakeword speech between the first location and the second location;
determining a third location in the audio data that includes a second amount of non-speech audio data, the third location being after the second location in the audio data; and
selecting, for speech processing, a portion of the audio data starting with the first location and ending with the third location, the portion of the audio data comprising at least the non-wakeword speech.

US Pat. No. 10,192,544

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONSTRUCTING A LANGUAGE MODEL

1. A method of constructing a natural language model for accessing a content management system, the method comprising:a) using a processor, constructing a first natural language model within a Natural Language Processing (NLP) application;
b) receiving a first natural language input from a first user comprising a text in the first natural language into the NLP application;
c) encapsulating linguistic characteristics within the first natural language model based upon the first natural language input, the linguistic characteristics comprising:
i) a set of multiple primitives of the first Natural Language, said multiple primitives comprising tokens that form a basis for expressing information using the first Natural Language; and
ii) semantic characteristics of the first Natural Language; and
iii) syntactic characteristics of the first natural language; and
iv) a probability of occurrence of two of said multiple primitives within a spatiotemporal proximity;
d) generating a derivative of the first natural language input, said derivative of the first natural language input based upon the first natural language model and the linguistic characteristics;
e) communicating with a search engine application program interface;
f) retrieving documents relevant to the first natural language input by executing a search via the search engine with a topic specific query based upon the derivative and the linguistic characteristics;
g) presenting the documents relevant to the first natural language input and identified via the search engine to the first user;
h) receiving a second natural language input from a second user comprising a text in the second natural language input different from the first natural language input and inputting the second natural language input into a second natural language model in the NLP application, wherein the second natural language model is based upon the linguistic characteristics encapsulated within the first natural language model;
i) generating, using the processor, at least one output based on processing of the second natural language input by the second natural language model in the NLP application, wherein the output comprises a text in the second natural language;
j) presenting the output based on processing the second natural language model to the second user; and
k) storing at least a portion of the first natural language model in a memory communicatively coupled to the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,192,536

PEDAL BOARD AND SOUND EFFECT ADJUSTING DEVICE USING SAME

SWIFF TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD...

1. A sound effect adjusting device, comprising:an effect pedal including a second pins assembly;
a pedal board including a first housing, a three-way toggle switch mounted in the first housing, a microswitch mounted in the first housing and electrically connected with the three-way toggle switch, and a mounting member mounted on the first housing to attach to the effect pedal;
wherein,
the first housing includes an input interface, an output interface, a send interface and a return interface formed thereon;
the three-way toggle switch has a first contact blade electrically connected with the input interface, a second contact blade electrically connected with the send interface, and a third contact blade connected with the microswitch;
the mounting member has a first pins assembly electrically coupled to the second pins assembly and removably attached to the second pins assembly; wherein,
while the effect pedal is assembled with the pedal board, the microswitch is off, and actuates the three-way toggle switch so that the effect pedal is connected between the input interface and the output interface in series, or, the effect pedal is connected between the send interface and the return interface in series.

US Pat. No. 10,192,528

REAL-TIME USER ADAPTIVE FOVEATED RENDERING

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A graphics processing method comprising:obtaining gaze tracking data representing a user's gaze with respect to one or more images presented to the user;
determining one or more gaze tracking parameters from gaze tracking data, wherein the gaze tracking parameters include one or more gaze tracking error parameters, wherein determining the one or more gaze tracking error parameters from the gaze tracking data includes determining whether the user's eye is moving in smooth pursuit;
generating adjusted foveation data representing an adjusted size and/or shape of one or more regions of interest in one or more images to be subsequently presented to the user based on the one or more gaze tracking parameters including the one or more gaze tracking error parameters;
generating foveated image data representing one or more foveated images using the adjusted foveation data, wherein the one or more foveated images are characterized by level of detail within the one or more regions of interest and lower level of detail outside the one or more regions of interest; and
presenting the one or more foveated images to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,192,527

USER INTERFACES FOR HAND-HELD ELECTRONIC DEVICES

THOMSON LICENSING, Issy ...

1. A hand-held device operative to be held in normal, upside down, left tilt, and right tilt orientations, said hand-held device comprising:a processor;
a display;
a first physical button located on a first side of said display when said hand-held device is held in said normal orientation;
a second physical button located on a second side of said display opposite to said first side, said second physical button positioned diagonally to said first physical button when said hand-held device is held in said normal orientation; and wherein:
activation of said first and second physical buttons respectively causes said processor to perform first and second functions when said hand-held device is held in said normal orientation, and respectively causes said processor to perform said second and first functions when said hand-held device is held in said upside down orientation;
when said hand-held device is detected to be held in one of said left tilt and right tilt orientations, said processor causes display of first and second virtual buttons via said display, and touch activation of said first and second virtual buttons respectively causes said processor to perform said first and second functions;
said first and second virtual buttons are respectively displayed in respective positions in said display in said one of said left tilt and right tilt orientations respectively corresponding to positions and said first and second functions of said first and second physical buttons when said hand-held device is held in said normal orientation; and wherein
said first and second virtual buttons are only displayed when said hand-held device is detected to be in one of said left tilt and right tilt orientations, and are not displayed when said hand-held device is detected to be in one of said normal orientation and said upside down orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,192,524

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:a display control unit configured to enlarge a display target object to be displayed among a plurality of objects included in an image and to display the enlarged display target object on a screen one by one in a predetermined order;
a detection unit configured to detect whether there is a person in a predetermined range from the image display apparatus; and
a switching unit configured to switch a next display target object to be enlarged and displayed on the screen by the display control unit,
wherein, in a case that a person is detected in the predetermined range from the image display apparatus by the detection unit, the switching unit switches to an object that is classified as a first display type on the screen as the display target object among the plurality of objects by the display control unit, and, in a case that a person is not detected in the predetermined range from the image display apparatus by the detection unit, the switching unit switches to an object that is classified as a second display type which is different from the first display type on the screen as the display target object among the plurality of objects by the display control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,192,523

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING AN OVERVIEW OF A PLURALITY OF HOME SCREENS

NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY, E...

1. A method comprising:causing a display of a first home screen;
causing, with a processor, the display to zoom out from the first home screen to a canvas overview representing a plurality of home screens including the first home screen, wherein the canvas overview is configured to present the plurality of home screens in a continuous arrangement without visible delineation or demarcation between the plurality of home screens and to group items accessible via a respective home screen in proximity to one another;
causing an item to be moved from one home screen to another portion of the canvas overview designated for creating a new home screen and not associated with an existing one of the plurality of home screens;
in response to the movement of the item from one home screen to the another portion of the canvas overview designated for creating the new home screen and determining the item is to be moved to the another portion of the canvas overview, causing creation of the new home screen;
causing an application associated with the item to launch in response to the item being selected; and
facilitating switching from a prior active application to the launched application from the canvas overview.

US Pat. No. 10,192,521

GAMMA ADJUSTMENT METHOD

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A gamma adjustment method for adjusting brightnesses of a display panel, wherein the display panel has (n+1) gray levels, where n is an integer larger than or equal to 2, and the gamma adjustment method comprises:measuring a minimum brightness value Lmin and a maximum brightness value Lmax of the display panel; wherein the minimum brightness value Lmin is a brightness value at gray level 0, and the maximum brightness value Lmax is a brightness value at gray level n;
calculating a value of a first intermediate parameter x according to a formula of

 where m is a gamma value of the display panel and is a value greater than zero;
calculating a value of a second intermediate parameter y according to a formula of

calculating a brightness value Lz at gray level z according to a formula of

 where z is an integer ranging from 1 to (n?1); and
adjusting the brightnesses of the display panel based on the measured minimum brightness value Lmin, the measured maximum brightness value Lmax, and the calculated brightness values at gray level 1 to gray level (n?1).

US Pat. No. 10,192,519

AMBIENT LIGHT ADAPTIVE DISPLAYS WITH PAPER-LIKE APPEARANCE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method for displaying images on a display having an adjustable white point, comprising:with a color-sensitive light sensor, determining a color and an intensity of ambient light;
with display control circuitry, determining whether the intensity of ambient light is above or below a threshold;
with the display control circuitry, operating the display in a first mode in response to determining that the intensity of ambient light is below the threshold, wherein operating the display in the first mode comprises automatically adjusting the white point of the display to a preset low light mode white point that is not adapted to the color of the ambient light; and
with the display control circuitry, operating the display in a second mode in response to determining that the intensity of ambient light is above the threshold, wherein operating the display in the second mode comprises automatically adjusting the white point of the display based on the color of ambient light, and wherein the display control circuitry shifts the display from the second mode to the first mode when the intensity of ambient light drops from above the threshold to below the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,192,513

CIRCUITS FOR PROCESSING A VOLTAGE OF A PIXEL ELECTRODE AND DISPLAY APPARATUSES

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A circuit for processing a voltage of a pixel electrode, comprising:a first input terminal configured to input an original voltage of the pixel electrode;
a second input terminal configured to input a voltage of a common electrode; and
an output terminal configured to output a processed voltage of the pixel electrode,
wherein the circuit for processing a voltage of a pixel electrode is configured to superimpose the voltage of the common electrode on the original voltage of the pixel electrode, to acquire a voltage which is stable with respect to the voltage of the common electrode as the processed voltage of the pixel electrode,
wherein the circuit for processing a voltage of a pixel electrode further comprises:an operational amplifier having a negative phase input terminal connected to the ground through a first resistor and connected to an output terminal thereof through a second resistor;a third resistor having a first end connected to the first input terminal and a second end connected to a positive phase input terminal of the operational amplifier; and
a fourth resistor having a first end connected to the second input terminal and a second end connected to a positive phase input terminal of the operational amplifier;
wherein a resistance value of the second resistor and a resistance value of the fourth resistor satisfy:

wherein K is a superposition multiple of a dynamic fluctuation voltage waveform of the common electrode; R2 is a resistance value of the second resistor, and R4 is a resistance value of the fourth resistor, and
wherein the fourth resistor is a variable resistor.

US Pat. No. 10,192,510

SOURCE DRIVING MODULE GENERATING TWO GROUPS OF GAMMA VOLTAGES AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE USING SAME

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A source driving module for providing a data signal to a display panel, comprising:a gamma voltage generator;
a data driver receiving a gamma voltage outputted from the gamma voltage generator and generating a corresponding data signal to a display panel according to the gamma voltage;
wherein the gamma voltage generator includes a first gamma generator and a second gamma voltage generator, the first gamma generator outputs a first gamma voltage, and the second gamma generator outputs a second gamma voltage;
wherein the source driving module further comprises a voltage selector adapted for selecting one of the first gamma voltage and the second gamma voltage in a same moment to input to the data driver;
wherein the voltage selector comprises a first switch and a second switch; the first gamma voltage generator is connected to the data driver through the first switch, the second gamma generator is connected to the data driver through the second switch; in a same moment, when one of the first switch and the second switch is controlled to be turned on, the first gamma voltage or the second gamma voltage corresponding to the first switch or the second switch which is turned on is inputted to the data driver;
wherein the first switch and the second switch are connected to a same control signal, the control signal is a square-wave signal; when the square-wave signal is under a high-voltage level, the first switch is turned on, and the second switch is turned off; when the square-wave signal is under a low-voltage level, the first switch is turned off, and the second switch is turned on; and
wherein a period of the square-wave signal is T1, a period of a row synchronization signal of the display panel is T2, T1=3×T2; a duty ratio of the square-wave signal is 2/3.

US Pat. No. 10,192,507

SHIFT REGISTER CIRCUIT AND DISPLAY DEVICE PROVIDED WITH SAME

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A shift register circuit including a plurality of stages for driving a plurality of scanning signal lines disposed in a display unit of a display device, whereina unit circuit that forms each of the stages includes:
an internal node;
an output node connected to a corresponding scanning signal line;
an output control transistor having a control terminal connected to the internal node, a first conductive terminal to which an output control clock signal is provided, and a second conductive terminal connected to the output node;
an internal node precharging unit configured to precharge the internal node based on an on-level signal outputted from an output node of a preceding stage;
an internal node pulling down unit configured to pull down the internal node; and
an output node pulling down unit configured to pull down the output node, and
the internal node pulling down unit:
pulls down the internal node of a stage by electrically connecting the internal node of this stage to the output node of a previous stage during at least a part of a period during which the output node of the previous stage is pulled down; and
allows the internal node of this stage and the output node of the previous stage to be electrically disconnected from each other throughout a period during which an output control clock signal is at an on level, the output control clock signal being provided to a first conductive terminal of an output control transistor of the previous stage;
wherein the previous stage is one stage of the plurality of stages immediately before the stage; and
wherein the preceding stage is any one stage of the plurality of stages before this stage.

US Pat. No. 10,192,506

DRIVING METHOD FOR DISPLAY PANEL, TIMING CONTROLLER AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A liquid crystal display, comprising:a timing controller for outputting a timing control signal;
a display driving circuit including a source driver and a gate driver for receiving the timing control signal, wherein the source driver generates a data driving signal according to the timing control signal, and the gate driver generates a scanning driving signal; and
a liquid crystal display panel including multiple data lines, multiple scanning lines and multiple pixel units, wherein the scanning line receives the scanning driving signal and the data line receives the data driving signal in order to control a corresponding pixel unit to display;
wherein, the timing controller comprises:
a control circuit for outputting a first frequency switching instruction when an image frame to be displayed is detected as an overloaded image;
a signal generation circuit connected with the control circuit for switching an operation frequency from a first frequency to a second frequency in a switching moment of adjacent frames according to the first frequency switching instruction, and using the second frequency to output the timing control signal to the source driver such that after the source driver receives the timing control signal, the source driver outputs the data driving signal having a lower frequency to drive the display panel to display the overloaded image;
the control circuit is further used for outputting a second frequency switching instruction when an image frame to be displayed is detected as a non-overloaded image;
the signal generation circuit is further used for switching the operation frequency from the second frequency to the first frequency according to the second frequency switching instruction, and using the first frequency to output the timing control signal to the source driver such that after the source driver receives the timing control signal, the source driver outputs corresponding data driving signal to drive the display panel to display the non-overloaded image;
wherein, the second frequency is one half of the first frequency; and
wherein the overloaded image is defined as when the timing controller adopts the first frequency as the operation frequency to control the source driver to display an image frame to be displayed, the power consumption of the source driver exceeds a preset power consumption value, and the image frame to be displayed is an overloaded image.

US Pat. No. 10,192,505

GOA DRIVE UNIT AND DRIVE CIRCUIT

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOE...

5. A GOA drive unit, comprising: a pull-up unit, a pull-up control unit, a pull-down unit, a pull-down holding unit, and a bootstrap capacitor,wherein the pull-up unit is configured to transform a scanning clock signal inputted to a line scan signal outputted, the pull-up control unit is linked to the pull-up unit and used to provide a scan control signal to the pull-up unit for controlling a time for turning on the pull-up unit, the pull-down unit is linked to the pull-up unit and used for controlling a turning-off operation to the line scan signal by an effective line scan signal of a next row, the pull-down holding unit is linked to the pull-up control unit and the pull-up unit and used to pull down and hold the scan control signal and the line scan signal at a low level during scanning periods of other rows, and the bootstrap capacitor is linked to the pull-up unit and used to ensure a reliable turned-on of the pull-up unit and a reliable output of the line scan signal;
wherein the GOA drive unit further comprises:
a pull-down transistor of an adjacent row, which is configured to pull down and hold a line scan signal of an adjacent row corresponding to a previous scanning timing at a low level when a scan control signal and a line scan signal of a current row are pulled down and held at low levels by the pull-down holding unit;
wherein the pull-down holding unit comprises a circuit with a mirrored structure, which comprises:
a first pull-down transistor and a third pull-down transistor used for pulling down and holding the scan control signal of the current row at a low level, and a second pull-down transistor and a fourth pull-down transistor used for pulling down and holding the line scan signal of the current row at a low level,
wherein the pull-down transistor of an adjacent row comprises a first pull-down transistor of an adjacent row and a second pull-down transistor of an adjacent row,
wherein drains of the first pull-down transistor of an adjacent row and the second pull-down transistor of an adjacent row are both connected to the line scan signal of an adjacent row corresponding to a previous scanning timing,
wherein a gate and a source of the first pull-down transistor of an adjacent row are respectively coupled to gates and sources of the first pull-down transistor and the second pull-down transistor, and
wherein a gate and a source of the second pull-down transistor of an adjacent row are respectively coupled to gates and sources of the third pull-down transistor and the fourth pull-down transistor, and
wherein a source of each of the pull-down transistors is coupled to a DC pull-down voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,192,504

SHIFT REGISTER, GOA CIRCUIT CONTAINING THE SAME, AND RELATED DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A shift register, comprising:an input unit, an output control unit, a first pull-down unit, a second pull-down unit, a reset unit, and a pull-down control unit, wherein:
the input unit comprises a control terminal connected to a signal input terminal, a first terminal connected to a first voltage terminal, and a second terminal connected to a first node;
the output control unit comprises a control terminal connected to the first node, a first terminal connected to a first clock signal terminal, and a second terminal connected to a signal output terminal;
the first pull-down unit comprises a control terminal connected to a second node, a first terminal connected to the first node, and a second terminal connected to a compensation signal terminal;
the second pull-down unit comprises a control terminal connected to the compensation signal terminal, a first terminal connected to the second node, and a second terminal connected to a second voltage terminal;
the pull-down control unit comprises a first control terminal connected to the signal input terminal, a second control terminal connected to the first node, a first terminal connected to the second node, a second terminal connected to the second voltage terminal;
the reset unit comprises a control terminal connected to a reset signal terminal, a first terminal connected to the first node, a second terminal connected to the second voltage terminal;
the first clock signal terminal and a second clock signal terminal input signals of opposite polarities in a scanning period in a frame, and input a turn-off signal in a blanking period in a frame; and
the compensation signal terminal inputs a turn-off signal in the scanning period in a frame and inputs a turn-on signal in the blanking period in a frame.

US Pat. No. 10,192,501

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE WITH COLOR PIXELS AND SUBPIXELS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid crystal display device, comprising:first pixels and second pixels arranged on a display surface, each pixel including a red sub-pixel, a green sub-pixel, and a blue sub-pixel;
a color filter substrate;
a liquid crystal layer; and
an array substrate, the color filter substrate, the liquid crystal layer, and the array substrate being arranged in the stated order,
the color filter substrate comprising:
red color filters, green color filters, and blue color filters,
the array substrate comprising:
red sub-pixel electrodes arranged opposite to the red color filters across the liquid crystal layer;
green sub-pixel electrodes arranged opposite to the green color filters across the liquid crystal layer;
blue sub-pixel electrodes arranged opposite to the blue color filters across the liquid crystal layer;
first driving signal lines connected to the red sub-pixel electrodes and the green sub-pixel electrodes constituting the first pixels and to the blue sub-pixel electrodes constituting the second pixels; and
second driving signal lines connected to the blue sub-pixel electrodes constituting the first pixels and to the red sub-pixel electrodes and the green sub-pixel electrodes constituting the second pixels,
wherein AC voltage driving is performed such that, in each first pixel and in each second pixel, a voltage of the same polarity is applied to the red sub-pixel electrode and the green sub-pixel electrode and a voltage of a polarity opposite to that of the green sub-pixel electrode is applied to the blue sub-pixel electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,192,498

MULTI-DOMAIN LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE WITH IMPROVED TRANSMITTANCE AND VIEWING ANGLES

Hisense Electric Co., Ltd...

1. A multi-domain liquid crystal display device, comprising:a multi-domain liquid crystal image display apparatus including multiple liquid crystal domains;
a storage medium including a set of instructions for displaying images by the multi-domain liquid crystal image display apparatus; and
a processor in communication with the storage medium and the multi-domain liquid crystal image display apparatus, wherein when executing the set of instructions, the processor is directed to:
obtain a first output frame associated with a first image, wherein the first output frame corresponds to a first GAMMA curve having a GAMMA voltage lower than a reference GAMMA curve at each gray level among a set of predetermined gray levels other than at least one lowest gray level and at least one highest gray level of the set of predetermined gray levels;
obtain a second output frame associated with a second image, wherein the second output frame corresponds to a second GAMMA curve having a GAMMA voltage higher than the reference GAMMA curve at each gray level among the set of predetermined gray levels other than the at least one lowest gray level and the at least one highest gray level of the set of predetermined gray levels; and
display, on the multi-domain liquid crystal image display apparatus, the first output frame and the second output frame as two neighboring output frames in time with different respective angular viewing-profiles, wherein a single domain of the multiple liquid crystal domains within each controllable pixel of the multi-domain liquid crystal image display apparatus uses the first GAMMA curve when the first output frame is displayed to produce a first respective angular viewing-profile and uses the second GAMMA curve when the second output frame is displayed to produce a second respective angular viewing-profile.

US Pat. No. 10,192,497

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DIMMING LIGHT SOURCE

NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS, LT...

1. An image display device, comprising:a light source;
a display unit that spatially modulates light from said light source on a basis of an input video signal to form an image;
a histogram acquisition unit that acquires, on the basis of said input video signal, a first histogram, in which image data is indicated by frequencies of levels of brightness, and a second histogram that has a number of levels of brightness that differs from a number of levels of brightness of said first histogram; and
a control unit that implements dimming control for adjusting a luminance of said light source on a basis of said first histogram and said second histogram,
wherein a total sum of histogram count values of said first histogram is equal to a total sum of histogram count values of said second histogram.

US Pat. No. 10,192,496

ANGLE CUTTING MODULATING CIRCUIT AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING THE ANGLE CUTTING MODULATING CIRCUIT

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A liquid crystal display device having an angle cutting modulating circuit, wherein the liquid crystal display device comprises an angle cutting modulating circuit and a thin-film transistor, the angle cutting modulating circuit comprises a first modulating circuit and a second modulating circuit, wherein the angle cutting modulating circuit is used to select to open one of the first modulating circuit and the second modulating circuit to realize modulating of a resistance of an angle cutting resistor when switching is conducted among modes of the liquid crystal display device to optimize the angle cutting of gate voltages provided to a thin film transistor in different ones of the modes by the angle cutting modulating circuit;wherein the angle cutting modulating circuit comprises the angle cutting resistor, a first resistor, a second resistor, a third resistor connected to the second resistor, a fourth resistor connected to the third transistor, a fifth resistor, a first field effect transistor and a second field effect transistor, wherein the second resistor forms the first modulating circuit; and the third resistor, the fourth resistor, the fifth resistor and the second field effect transistor jointly form the second modulating circuit, wherein the first resistor is connected to the first modulating circuit and the second modulating circuit by the first field effect transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,192,492

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DIODE DISPLAY

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. An organic light emitting diode display comprising:a substrate comprising a displaying area and a peripheral area having a peripheral circuit;
a scan line on the substrate for transferring a scan signal;
a data line for transferring a data voltage;
a switching transistor connected to the scan line and the data line;
a driving transistor connected to the switching transistor and comprising a semiconductor;
an organic light emitting diode electrically connected to the driving transistor;
an initialization bus line positioned between the peripheral circuit and the organic light emitting diode in a plane view; and
a dummy semiconductor that overlaps the initialization bus line in the plane view and is connected to the semiconductor of the driving transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,192,474

CONTROLLABLE VOLTAGE SOURCE, SHIFT REGISTER AND UNIT THEREOF, AND DISPLAY

Peking University Shenzhe...

1. A controllable voltage source, comprising:a control module, coupled between a high voltage level terminal and a low voltage level terminal;
a storage module comprising a storage capacitor, wherein two ends of the storage capacitor are coupled to the control module to form a first terminal and a second terminal;
an output module coupled to the second terminal, wherein a signal output terminal of the output module is configured to provide a controllable voltage source to an external circuit; and wherein the control module is configured to couple the first terminal to the high voltage level terminal in accordance with the effective voltage of a first clock signal ?1, and the first terminal is charged through the high voltage level terminal;
the control module is configured to couple the second terminal to the high voltage level terminal in accordance with the effective voltage of a second clock signal thus the second terminal is charged through the high voltage level terminal, and the first terminal is coupled to the low level voltage terminal and discharged through the low level voltage terminal; and
effective level periods of the first clock signal and effective level periods of the second clock signal do not overlap; and
further comprising a threshold modulation module,
wherein the threshold modulation module is coupled to the first terminal and the second terminal respectively, and the threshold modulation module is configured to couple to the low level terminal;
a sensing terminal of the threshold modulation module is configured to couple to an element to be sensed of the external circuit, and sense a threshold voltage of the element and feedback the threshold voltage to the first terminal and/or the second terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,192,468

SIGN CONSTRUCTION WITH MODULAR INSTALLATION AND CONVERSION KIT FOR ELECTRONIC SIGN STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

ADTI Media, LLC, Temecul...

1. A dynamic electronic sign mounted to an anchored mounting structure having a frontside and a backside, the dynamic electronic sign comprising:a plurality of weatherized display modules;
a plurality of structural frames for supporting said plurality of weatherized display modules, each structural frame having a back portion for coupling to the frontside of the anchored mounting structure and a front portion defining a plurality of bay members for receiving corresponding ones of said plurality of weatherized display modules;
at least one wiring harness including a power source end and a plurality of power extensions operatively connected to the power source end, wherein each of the plurality of power extensions includes a receptacle end, wherein the power source end is operatively connected to a power source mounted backside of the anchored mounting structure and wherein the plurality of power extensions operatively connect the power source to said plurality of weatherized display modules, wherein each individual one of said plurality of bay members defines an over mold/snap-in node receptacle for receiving and aligning the receptacle end of each of the plurality of power extensions within the bay member to facilitate assembly of the at least one wiring harness to the bay member.

US Pat. No. 10,192,462

BATHING TRAINER

Djimir Gouboth, New City...

1. A bath trainer comprising:a bucket having sides forming an interior water-tight space for holding water, said sides being configured to fold to a closed position when the bucket is not in use and unfold to an open position for receiving water; and a mat configured to be removable and attached to said bucket;
wherein said sides include a front wall and a back wall, said front and back walls being rigid, as well as two opposed side walls extending between said front and back walls, said side walls being flexible to allow said side walls to fold inwardly or outwardly.

US Pat. No. 10,192,460

SYSTEM FOR MIXING A VIDEO TRACK WITH VARIABLE TEMPO MUSIC

JAMMIT, INC, Hollywood, ...

1. A system for a user to view a video that is synchronized to a prerecorded variable tempo music, the system comprising:a processor and a memory on a non-transitory computer readable medium, the memory including
a multi-track digital audio file of a preselected piece of music having a plurality of audio tracks that include an isolated instrument audio track containing only audio from the isolated instrument, and an emulation audio track consisting of the multi-track digital audio file having the isolated instrument audio track removed; and,
a variable timing reference track designed and provided for a user for the preselected piece of music, wherein the preselected piece of music was prerecorded, and the designing of the variable timing reference track includes creating a tempo map having variable tempos, rhythms, and beats using notes from the preselected piece of music;
a transformation module on a non-transitory computer readable storage medium and in operable communication with the processor for transforming the multi-track digital audio file to include a variable gain ratio of (i) the isolated instrument audio track to (ii) an emulation audio track, wherein the emulation audio track represents a subtraction of the isolated instrument audio track from the plurality of audio tracks, and the gain ratio is selected by the user;
an emulation module on a non-transitory computer readable storage medium and in operable communication with the processor for emulating the isolated instrument audio track with a preselected musical instrument under a guidance of the variable timing reference track; and,
a video display module on a non-transitory computer readable storage medium and in operable communication with the processor for viewing a digital video that is synchronized to the variations in the musical tempo using the variable timing reference track.

US Pat. No. 10,192,434

TRAFFIC SIGNAL LEARNING AND OPTIMIZATION

14. A system of traffic signaling, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory unit operatively connected to the processor, the at least one memory unit having stored thereon, at least one computer program comprising computer code causing the at least one processor to perform the following:
determine whether at least one traffic signal in an intersection will experience a light change while a first vehicle is approaching the intersection traveling in a first direction;
determine whether a second vehicle is approaching the intersection traveling in a second direction;
obtain at least one of current road conditions and operating characteristics of at least one of the first and second vehicles;
determine whether a distance of the first vehicle from the intersection is within a safety threshold; and
alter timing of the light change to allow passage of the first vehicle through the intersection upon a determination that the distance of the first vehicle from the intersection is within the safety threshold and the at least one of the current road conditions and the operating characteristics of the first vehicle result in travel priority over the second vehicle, the operating characteristics including a fuel efficiency aspect.

US Pat. No. 10,192,429

ACCESSIBLE PEDESTRIAN PUSHBUTTON STATION

Pelco Products, Inc., Ed...

1. An accessible pedestrian pushbutton station for use with a signal control assembly, the pushbutton station comprising:a housing having a front that includes a plunger space;
a push button assembly supported in the housing, the pushbutton assembly comprising:
a plunger mounted in the plunger space for axial movement between a neutral position and an engaged position, the plunger comprising:
a plunger head having a front and a rear;
a stem extending inwardly into the plunger space from the rear of the plunger head and terminating in a free end, the stem having a longitudinal axis; and
a stem bumper attached to the free end of the stem;
a piezo bender supported in the housing and positioned a distance laterally from the stem bumper, wherein the piezo bender is operatively connectable to the signal control assembly;
a pressure transfer member comprising:
a stem bumper contact point that is axially aligned with and supported a distance from the stem bumper so that axial movement of the plunger into the engaged position causes the stem bumper to press on the stem bumper contact point; and
an offset bumper supported a distance laterally from the stem bumper contact point and axially aligned with and supported a distance from the piezo bender;
wherein pressure from the stem bumper on the stem bumper contact point is transferred to the offset bumper to cause the offset bumper to actuate the piezo bender.

US Pat. No. 10,192,428

CODESET COMMUNICATION FORMAT AND RELATED METHODS AND STRUCTURES

Universal Electronics Inc...

1. A method comprising:describing a codeset in a format block comprising a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion has a first data field that describes a key of a controlling device and a second data field that describes at least one function that is to be performed by a controllable device in response to an activation of the key, wherein the key of the controlling device and the at least one function that is to be performed by the controllable device are each described via use of one or more characters taken from an alphabet, wherein the one or more characters taken from the alphabet for use in describing the key of the controlling device are visibly reproduced on the controlling device in association with the key of the controlling device, and wherein the second portion comprises information that is to be used by a processing device of the controlling device in response to an activation of the key of the controlling device to cause a transmission device of the controlling device to transmit to the controllable device at least one command communication for controlling the at least one function of the controllable device that is described within the second data field;
providing the format block to the controlling device; and
causing the controlling device to use the format block to configure itself to issue command communications to the controllable device in response to an activation of the key of the controlling device.

US Pat. No. 10,192,425

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATED ALERTS

Domo, Inc., American For...

1. A computer-implemented method for configuring a notification system for a user, the notification system configured to generate alerts for users in accordance with alert rules of the users, each alert rule comprising an alert condition pertaining to specified data, the computer-implemented method comprising:accessing user interaction data maintained within a non-transitory storage, the user interaction data pertaining to interactions of a user with a client computing device;
using a processor to determine a proposed alert rule for the user based on the user interaction data, the proposed alert rule specifying data to monitor and comprising a suggested alert condition for potential use as an alert rule of the user by the notification system;
displaying information pertaining to the proposed alert rule in a graphical user interface;
receiving a requested modification to the suggested alert condition of the proposed alert rule in response to the displaying; and
creating a new alert rule for the user within the notification system, the new alert rule corresponding to the proposed alert rule and including the requested modification.

US Pat. No. 10,192,406

SCREEN ACTIVITY MODERATION IN A SKILL WAGERING INTERLEAVED GAME

Gamblit Gaming, LLC, Gle...

1. A casino electronic game machine providing a screen activity moderated skill wagering interleaved game that includes an entertainment game and a gambling game, comprising:a real world engine, wherein the real world engine provides the gambling game based upon a change in a rate of the gambling game, and wherein the real world engine comprises:
a real world credit meter;
a random number generator; and
a real world credit pay table, wherein the real world engine is configured to:
receive real world credit from a portable media, wherein the portable media includes at least one member of a group including currency, a voucher and a smart card; and
provide a randomly generated payout of real world credits from a wager of real world credits in the gambling game using the random number generator and real world credit pay table; and
augment an amount of real world credits stored in the real world credit meter based on the randomly generated payout of real world credits to the real world credit meter;
an entertainment system engine constructed to:
execute the entertainment game to resolve a random event in the entertainment game to generate random event results; and
provide the random event results to a game world engine;
a display screen configured to:
display the random event results of the wagers; and
display a certain level of screen activity;
a user input device configured to receive from a player a wagering amount to use during game play; and
the game world engine constructed to:
monitor a level of screen activity of the display of the entertainment game;
determine a threshold level of screen activity;
determine if the screen activity of the entertainment game play exceeds the threshold level;
determine an occurrence of a gambling event in the gambling game based on play of the entertainment game executed by the entertainment system engine;
when the threshold level of screen activity is exceeded, pause the gambling game;
when the threshold level of screen activity is not exceeded, request a resolution to the gambling event by the real world engine;
determine gambling results based upon the random event results; and
provide the gambling results to the entertainment system engine for use in executing the entertainment game.

US Pat. No. 10,192,399

OPERATION DEVICE AND DEALER-ALTERNATE DEVICE

UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT C...

1. A dealer replacement device, comprising:a face-formed-body formed by a translucent resin to be in a shape of a face, and including a plurality of areas;
a light emitting device which is configured inside of the face-formed-body and is able to project a light with a plurality of colors switchably to any area of the plurality of areas; and
a light emitting control device which controls the light emitting device and causes the light emitting device to select a color of a light from among the plurality of colors and to select an irradiation area from among the plurality of areas of the face-formed-body according to different conditions and project a light of the selected color into the selected irradiation area;
an arm which is used to perform a plurality of operations;
a body which supports the arm; and
a control device which stores a data table in which the plurality of operations are associated with the plurality of conditions, respectively, and when the light emitting control device controls the light emitting device to express a condition of the plurality of conditions, determines an operation associated with the expressed condition by referring to the data table and controls the arm to perform the determined operation.

US Pat. No. 10,192,394

CREDIT AND ENABLING SYSTEM FOR VIRTUAL CONSTRUCTS IN A HYBRID GAME

Gamblit Gaming, LLC, Gle...

1. A distributed controlled entity hybrid game comprising:a real world server comprising:
a real world credit meter;
a random number generator; and
a real world credit pay table, wherein the real world server is configured to:
receive, from a game world engine, a trigger of a gambling event for a wager of real world credit;
determine a gambling outcome for the wager of real world credit in response to the trigger using the random number generator and the real world credit pay table;
augment an amount of real world credits stored in the real world credit meter based on the gambling outcome; and
distribute the randomly generated payout of real world credit to the game world engine;
an entertainment software engine configured to:
receive input from a player via a user input device;
execute an entertainment game providing an entertainment game outcome based upon a consumption of a first amount of enabling elements of the entertainment game by a controlled entity instructed by the player;
associate an entertainment game state with the first amount of enabling elements consumed;
distribute to the game world engine the first amount of enabling elements consumed;
distribute to the game world engine the entertainment game state associated with the first amount of enabling elements consumed;
generate a perceivable output of the first amount of enabling elements consumed by the game world character on a visual output device;
receive from the game world engine a second amount of enabling elements for use by the game world character in the entertainment game;
update the perceivable output on the visual output device with the second amount of enabling elements;
the game world engine connected to the entertainment software engine and connected to the real world server, wherein the game world engine is constructed to:
receive the first amount of enabling elements consumed;
receive the entertainment game state associated with the first amount of enabling elements consumed;
determine if a gameplay gambling event has occurred based on the entertainment game state associated with the first amount of enabling elements consumed;
generate the trigger of the wager of real world credit when a gameplay gambling event has occurred;
distribute to the real world server, the trigger;
receive from the real world server, the gambling outcome;
generate a second amount of enabling elements based on the gambling result; and
distribute the second amount of enabling elements to the entertainment software engine via the network.

US Pat. No. 10,192,390

GAMING SYSTEM, GAMING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR ENABLING A PLAYER TO SELECT VOLATILITY USING GAME SYMBOLS

IGT, Las Vegas, NV (US)

1. A dedicated electronic gaming machine comprising:a housing;
at least one display device supported by the housing;
a payment acceptor supported by the housing;
at least one input device supported by the housing;
an application-specific integrated circuit comprising:
a first set of instructions that, when executed following receipt of a physical item by the payment acceptor, cause the application-specific integrated circuit to establish a credit balance based at least in part on a monetary value associated with the physical item wherein the physical item is selected from the group consisting of: a ticket associated with the monetary value and a unit of currency;
a second set of instructions that, when executed following receipt of an actuation of a wager button to place a wager for a play of a primary game associated with a primary symbol set of a plurality of symbols, cause the application-specific integrated circuit to:
decrease the credit balance by the placed wager; and
for the play of the primary game:
randomly determine a plurality of the symbols of the primary symbol set,
cause the at least one display device to display the randomly determined plurality of symbols of the primary symbol set,
determine any primary awards based on the displayed symbols of the primary symbol set, and
cause the at least one display device to display any determined primary awards, the credit balance increasable by any determined primary awards;
a third set of instructions that, when executed responsive to a triggering event occurring, cause the application-specific integrated circuit to:
cause the at least one display device to display a plurality of different selectable options including:
a first option associated with a first quantity of plays of a secondary game and a first secondary symbol set of a plurality of symbols, the plurality of symbols of the first secondary symbol set including a first quantity of instances of a designated symbol; and
a second option associated with a second quantity of plays of a secondary game and a second secondary symbol set of a plurality of symbols, the plurality of symbols of the second secondary symbol set including a second quantity of instances of a designated symbol, the second quantity of plays of the secondary game being greater than the first quantity of plays of the secondary game and the second quantity of instances of the designated symbol being less than the first quantity of instances of the designated symbol; and
set a player selectable volatility of the secondary game by:
responsive to a selection of the first option being received via the at least one input device, for at least one of the first quantity of plays of the secondary game:
 randomly determine a plurality of the symbols of the first secondary symbol set,
 cause the at least one display device to display the randomly determined plurality of the symbols of the first secondary symbol set,
 determine any secondary awards associated with the displayed symbols of the first secondary symbol set, and
 cause the at least one display device to display any determined secondary awards, the credit balance being increasable by any determined secondary awards;
responsive to a selection of the second option being received via the at least one input device, for at least one of the second quantity of plays of the secondary game:
 randomly determine a plurality of the symbols of the second secondary symbol set,
 cause the at least one display device to display the randomly determined plurality of the symbols of the second secondary symbol set,
 determine any secondary awards associated with the displayed symbols of the second secondary symbol set, and
 cause the at least one display device to display any determined secondary awards, the credit balance being increasable by any determined secondary awards; and
a fourth set of instructions that, when executed following receipt of an actuation of a cashout button, cause the application-specific integrated circuit to initiate a payout associated with the credit balance.

US Pat. No. 10,192,388

SINGLE SPACE PARKING METER AND REMOVABLE SINGLE SPACE PARKING METER MECHANISM

J.J. MACKAY CANADA LIMITE...

1. A single space parking meter comprising:a back housing;
a removable single space parking meter mechanism engageable with the back housing, the removable single space parking meter mechanism comprising:
an internal structure;
a front housing, to be exposed to an external environment, coupled to the internal structure;
one or more input controls located on the front housing;
a display; and
an antenna for a contactless payment reader.

US Pat. No. 10,192,386

MECHANICAL TIME DELAY PRODUCT DISPENSER

The Tranzonic Companies, ...

1. An apparatus to retain and dispense feminine products, the apparatus comprising:a. a cabinet comprising a top panel, a left side panel, a right side panel, a front panel, a back panel, and a bottom panel with said bottom panel having a bottom release tray;
b. said front panel comprising a front face, a front face plate with said front face plate having a left pushbutton and a right pushbutton;
c. a sanitary napkin rack and a tampon rack with said sanitary napkin rack having a sanitary napkin rack back, a sanitary napkin rack left side, a sanitary napkin rack right side, a sanitary napkin rack front, and a sanitary napkin rack bottom, and said tampon rack having a tampon rack back, a tampon rack left side, a tampon rack right side, a tampon rack front, and a tampon rack bottom;
d. a left horizontal support rod that is affixed through a center of a left pinion gear and a right horizontal support rod that is affixed through a center of a right pinion gear;
e. said left horizontal support rod is affixed at a distal end to a left plunger and said right horizontal support rod is affixed at a distal end to a right plunger;
f. said bottom panel having a left timing plate and a right timing plate affixed to said bottom panel;
g. said left timing plate having a left top surface and a left front surface with said left top surface having a left top circular hole that is directly connected to a left interior chamber;
h. said right timing plate having a right top surface and a right front surface with said right top surface having a right top circular hole that is directly connected to a right interior chamber;
i. said left interior chamber having left internal threads adjacent to a left front circular hole and said right interior chamber having right internal threads adjacent to a right front circular hole;
j. said left timing plate configured to enable said left interior chamber to be decreased in size as a left threaded screw engages said left internal threads and is further inserted into said left front circular hole with a suction release timing on said left plunger that is increased as a volume of air in the left interior chamber is reduced as the left threaded screw is threaded further into the left timing plate; and
k. said right timing plate configured to enable said right interior chamber to be decreased in size as a right threaded screw engages said right internal threads and is further inserted into said right front circular hole with a suction release timing on said right plunger that is increased as a volume of air in the right interior chamber is reduced as the right threaded screw is threaded further into the right timing plate;
l. whereby, when the left pushbutton is pressed in towards a center of said cabinet, a left push rod moves causing teeth on said left push rod to engage teeth on said left pinion gear causing a first left wing and a second left wing to rotate and push a lowest sanitary napkin off said sanitary napkin rack and onto said bottom release tray while causing a left vertical plunger rod and said left plunger to displace downwards and cause said left plunger to be temporarily affixed to said left timing plate, with a length of time to reset the left pushbutton to dispense another sanitary napkin dependent on the suction release timing of the left plunger before it is released;
m. whereby, when the right pushbutton is pressed in towards the center of said cabinet, a right push rod moves causing teeth on said right push rod to engage teeth on said right pinion gear causing a first right wing and a second right wing to rotate and push a lowest tampon off said tampon rack and onto said bottom release tray while causing a right vertical plunger rod and said right plunger to displace downwards and cause said right plunger to be temporarily affixed to said right timing plate, with a length of time to reset the right pushbutton to dispense another tampon is dependent on the suction release timing of the right plunger before it is released.

US Pat. No. 10,192,385

BANKNOTE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Oki Electric Industry Co....

1. A banknote processing apparatus, comprising:a first unit including a pair of first guides that are configured to form a first portion of a transfer conveyance path therebetween;
a second unit that is movable with respect to the first unit in a first direction; and
a pair of transfer guides configured to form a second portion of the transfer conveyance path therebetween, a banknote being conveyed between the first unit and the second unit through the first and second portions of the transfer conveyance path in a second direction that is orthogonal to the first direction, the pair of transfer guides being nested with the pair of first guides in a width direction of the transfer conveyance path, the width direction being orthogonal to both of the first direction and the second direction, each of the transfer guides having a plurality of guide pieces that are separately disposed to each other in the width direction of the transfer conveyance path, each of the guide pieces having a first transfer guide edge portion facing in a direction of a corresponding one of the pair of first guides when the first portion of the transfer conveyance path is in registration with the second portion of the transfer conveyance path, the first transfer guide edge portion having an upper edge and a lower edge, the upper edge being disposed closer, in the first direction, to the second portion of the transfer conveyance path than the lower edge when the first portion of the transfer conveyance path is in registration with the second portion of the transfer conveyance path, the upper edge being closer to the corresponding one of the pair of the first guides than the lower edge, a position of a lowermost edge of each of the first guides being located, in the second direction, at a positional height between an uppermost edge of the first transfer guide edge portion and the lower edge of the first transfer guide edge portion, the lowermost edge being a portion of each of the first guides closest to the second unit, the uppermost edge being a portion of each of the first transfer guide edge portions closest to the first unit.

US Pat. No. 10,192,383

FIRST ENTRY NOTIFICATION

ASSA ABLOY AB, (SE)

1. A method of administering an access control system for a multi-room property having a plurality of locks, at least one of which is an offline lock and has no direct wired connectivity to an access control system backend, the method comprising:determining that a guest has requested check-in to the multi-room property;
assigning a room from the multi-room property to the guest;
determining a lock that is used to secure the room;
generating an electronic key that contains information enabling access to the determined lock;
transmitting the electronic key to a mobile device of the guest, wherein the electronic key is transmitted to the mobile device via a wireless communications network;
creating a guest account within a property management system (PMS) of the multi-room property prior to the guest arrival at the multi-room property;
determining that the mobile device has been presented to the lock for a first time;
analyzing the electronic key transmitted to the mobile device and the information contained therein at the electronic lock;
determining to grant the guest access to the room based on the analysis of the electronic key and the information contained therein; and
transmitting information from the lock to the mobile device in response to determining to grant the guest access to the room, wherein the information is only transmitted to the mobile device the first time that the mobile device is presented to the lock and the guest is granted access to the room, and wherein the information transmitted from the lock to the mobile device includes a room identifier, success information, and/or a first use indication.

US Pat. No. 10,192,382

TRANSPONDER KEY REPLICATION

RB Distribution, Inc., C...

1. A method for replicating a transponder key, the method comprising:inserting a first transponder key into a transponder key replication device;
using the transponder key replication device to obtain a transponder code from the first transponder key;
capturing an image of a bitting characteristic of the first transponder key using a camera within the transponder key replication device;
providing a remote transponder key reproduction unit;
transmitting the transponder code and the captured bitting characteristics from the first transponder key replication device to the remote transponder key reproduction unit; and,
using the remote transponder key reproduction unit to apply both the transmitted transponder code and captured bitting characteristics from the first transponder key to a second transponder key located at the remote transponder key reproduction unit.

US Pat. No. 10,192,380

KEY DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

ASSA ABLOY AB, (SE)

1. A key device comprising:a mechanical interface for mechanically maneuvering a lock device upon successful access control, the mechanical interface comprising a connector for communication with the lock device such that the lock device is able to perform electronic access control using the key device;
a clock;
a memory;
a radio communication module; and
a controller arranged to, using the radio communication module, communicate with an access control device and use the memory as temporary storage for communication, wherein the controller is arranged to receive an update validity time for the key device.

US Pat. No. 10,192,379

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MITIGATING RELAY STATION ATTACK

Huf North America Automot...

1. A system for mitigating relay station attack, the system comprising:a first wireless communication node operable to transmit data including an encrypted transmit power value;
a second wireless communication node operable to:
receive the data;
decrypt the encrypted transmit power value;
determine a received signal strength indication value of the data; and
compare the received signal strength indication value to the decrypted transmit power value; and
prevent communication between the first wireless communication node and the second wireless communication node based on the comparison between the received signal strength indication value and the decrypted transmit power value.

US Pat. No. 10,192,378

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING DOOR ACCESS USING BEACON SIGNAL

SUPREMA INC., Seongnam-s...

1. A control method of a control unit for performing an operation related to access to a target area of a user, wherein the user carries a terminal and the terminal obtains a broadcasted signal from at least one broadcasting unit, the control method comprising:obtaining a direction of user movement related to the target area based on information contained in the broadcasted signal, a received-signal strength of the broadcasted signal at the terminal or whether the broadcasted signal is received at the terminal; and
wherein a first direction of the user movement includes a direction towards moving from an outside of the target area to an inside of the target area, and
wherein a second direction of the user movement includes a direction towards moving from the inside of the target area to the outside of the target area,
obtaining an access authentication process according to the obtained direction of the user movement,
wherein a first access authentication process is obtained when the direction of the user movement is the first direction, and
wherein a second access authentication process is obtained when the direction of the user movement is the second direction, and
wherein the first access authentication process is different from the second access authentication process.

US Pat. No. 10,192,372

CONSIDERING WHETHER A PORTABLE KEY DEVICE IS LOCATED INSIDE OR OUTSIDE A BARRIER

ASSA ABLOY AB, (SE)

1. A method for considering whether a portable key device is located inside or outside a barrier, the method being performed in an access control device and comprising the steps of:measuring a first signal strength of a radio signal from the portable key device using a first antenna, the first antenna being directed towards the outside of the barrier and the first antenna generating a first main antenna lobe;
measuring a second signal strength of the radio signal from the portable key device using a second antenna, the second antenna being directed towards the inside of the barrier and the second antenna generating a second main antenna lobe, wherein the second main antenna lobe generated by the second antenna is wider than the first main antenna lobe generated by the first antenna, and a gain towards the outside of the barrier by the second antenna is greater than a gain towards the inside of the barrier by the first antenna, and the signal strength from the portable key device using the second antenna is greater than using the first antenna at all positions of the portable key device on the inside of the barrier; and
considering the portable key device to be located on the outside of the barrier only when the first signal strength is greater than the second signal strength.

US Pat. No. 10,192,364

AUGMENTED REALITY PRODUCT PREVIEW

A9.COM, INC., Palo Alto,...

1. A computing device comprising:at least one processor;
a camera;
a display screen; and
memory including instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the computing device to:
obtain image data of a physical environment containing a marker using the camera;
analyze the image data to determine a first position of the marker with respect to the computing device;
display, on the display screen in an interface, a representation of an item associated with the marker, the representation of the item appearing within a virtual container at a second position and determined based at least in part on dimensions associated with the item;
determine a first overlap value between the virtual container and an object located in the physical environment that is represented in the interface;
determine that the first overlap value fails to satisfy an overlap threshold; and
provide a listing of items, wherein a representation of an item of the listing of items, when positioned at the second position, is associated with a second overlap value that satisfies the overlap threshold, wherein the overlap threshold corresponds to the representation of the item of the listing of times having no overlap with the object represented in the interface.

US Pat. No. 10,192,352

METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR SIMULATING SHADOW IMAGES

3mensio Medical Imaging B...

1. Method for simulating two-dimensional (2D) shadow images of an object, the method comprising:a) obtaining a three-dimensional representation of a surface of said object;
b) inputting a perspective viewing direction defining a virtual path line;
c) calculating intersections between the virtual path line and the surface of the object;
d) calculating a distance between couples of consecutive intersections of c);
e) calculating a simulated beam intensity attenuation between such couples of consecutive intersections from an input parameter related to the attenuation coefficient of the object and the distance of d); and
f) displaying the simulated beam intensity attenuation of e) as pixel brightness in a grey or colour scale in the form of a shadow image.

US Pat. No. 10,192,347

3D PHOTOGRAMMETRY

VanGogh Imaging, Inc., M...

1. A computerized method for texturing a three-dimensional (3D) model using photogrammetry, the method comprising:capturing, by a 3D sensor coupled to a computing device, one or more 3D scans of a physical object in a scene, including related pose information of the object, and one or more color images corresponding to each 3D scan;
generating, by a computing device, a 3D mesh of the physical object using the 3D scans and pose information;
preprocessing, by the computing device, the color images to remove blurry images and to detect textured regions of the object in each non-blurry image;
optimizing, by the computing device, the pose information for each color image by generating associations between the color images and vertices in the 3D mesh and classifying the vertices as textured or non-textured;
generating, by the computing device, texture coordinates for the 3D mesh by segmenting the 3D mesh, parameterizing the segments, and packing the parameterized segments into a texture atlas; and
painting, by the computing device, the texture atlas using the color images that have optimized pose information to generate a 3D model having texture coordinates for each vertex.

US Pat. No. 10,192,343

ONLINE MODELING FOR REAL-TIME FACIAL ANIMATION

faceshift AG, Zurich (CH...

1. A method for real-time facial animation, comprising:providing a dynamic expression model that includes a plurality of blendshapes;
receiving tracking data from a plurality of frames in a temporal sequence, the tracking data corresponding to facial expressions of a user;
estimating tracking parameters based on the tracking data from each of the plurality of frames, the tracking parameters corresponding to one or more weight values of the blendshapes; and
refining the dynamic expression model based on the tracking parameters, wherein refining the dynamic expression model comprises refining the dynamic expression model based on tracking data from one or more frames prior to the plurality of frames, wherein the tracking data from the one or more frames is weighted based on a decay coefficient.

US Pat. No. 10,192,341

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING THE READABILITY OF CONTENT

Focus Reading Technology ...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium for improving the readability of a content on a display device, comprising instructions stored thereon, which when executed on a processor, perform the steps of:organizing the content into a plurality of sequential segments;
selecting a first of the plurality of sequential segments to be a first reading segment and selecting others of the plurality of sequential segments to be first background segments;
displaying a pane on the display device, the pane configured as a plurality of rows displaying the content in the plurality of sequential segments, wherein each row is configured to display characters, and wherein a first row of the plurality of rows is a reading row and each other row is a background row;
displaying the first reading segment according to a first readability parameter in a location of the reading row;
displaying each first background segment according to a second readability parameter in a location of a respective background row;
upon receiving a transition prompt, sequentially selecting a second one of the plurality of segments to be a second reading segment and selecting others of the plurality of segments to be second background segments;
displaying the second reading segment according to the first readability parameter in the location of the reading row; and
displaying each second background segment according to the second readability parameter in the location of a respective background row,
wherein each of the plurality of sequential segments has a maximum size for displaying the content, and wherein each of the plurality of rows has a maximum size substantially equal to the maximum size for displaying the content of the plurality of sequential segments.

US Pat. No. 10,192,340

MULTIPLE PARTICIPANT VIRTUAL REALITY ATTRACTION

Unchartedvr Inc., San Ra...

1. A grid-based virtual reality (VR) attraction system, comprising:a grid aligned stage kit that corresponds to a plurality of stage plans associated with plurality of VR representations, said grid aligned stage kit comprising:
fixed accessories;
moveable accessories;
a stage comprising a platform having a pattern of markings along at least two dimensions, wherein said stage is configured with accessory mounts arranged on said platform, for affixing said fixed stage accessories to said platform, and wherein said pattern identifies coordinates corresponding to a location of said accessory mounts; and
a plurality of stage sections that are configured to be interconnected according to said pattern to form said platform, wherein said platform is configurable according to said plurality of stage plans comprising at least A×B and C×D, wherein A, B, C, and D are different from each other;
a motion tracking system, configured to track VR participants on said stage, and to generate corresponding identity, location, and/or orientation information corresponding to each of said VR participants; and
a VR simulation engine, coupled to said motion tracking system, configured to receive said identity, location, and/or orientation information, and configured to generate said plurality of VR representations to simulate a virtual environment corresponding to said each of said VR participants, said virtual environment comprising virtually represented objects whose locations and orientations correspond to locations and orientations said fixed and moveable accessories that are arranged according to a corresponding stage plan.

US Pat. No. 10,192,339

METHOD FOR GRID-BASED VIRTUAL REALITY ATTRACTION

Unchartedvr Inc., San Ra...

1. A method for augmenting a virtual reality (VR) experience, the system comprising:generating a plurality of VR representations and associating each of a plurality of grid aligned stage kits with one or more of the plurality of VR representations; and
physically implementing one of the plurality of grid aligned stage kits, the grid aligned stage kits comprising a modular stage and a plurality of stage accessories, the modular stage comprising a pattern of markings along at least two dimensions of the modular stage to aid in assembling the plurality of stage accessories to the modular stage, said physically implementing comprising:
using coordinates identified by the pattern of markings to assemble the plurality of stage accessories to the modular stage according to the one of the plurality of grid aligned stage kits; and
configuring a motion tracking system comprising a network of sensors configured to track a VR participant's movements on the modular stage by communicating identity, location and/or orientation information to a VR simulation engine;
wherein each of the plurality of VR representations is preprogrammed to simulate a virtual environment with virtually represented objects whose locations and orientations correspond to locations and orientations of the plurality of stage accessories that are arranged according to the one of the plurality of grid aligned stage kits; and
wherein each of the plurality of VR representations is configured to use tracking information generated by the motion tracking system to present imagery of VR objects as the VR participant approaches or encounters corresponding stage accessories.

US Pat. No. 10,192,337

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING AN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELATED TO MEASURED VALUE OF OBJECT

SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD....

1. A medical imaging apparatus having a display and comprising:one or more processors configured to:
control the display of the medical imaging apparatus to display a measurement start point and measurement direction information on a medical image of an object,
obtain a measured value of a measurement item, and
control the display to display a first indicator for a reference value predetermined for the measurement item and a second indicator for the measured value,
wherein a position of the first indicator is determined based on the reference value, and a position of the second indicator is determined based on the measured value.

US Pat. No. 10,192,336

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ESTABLISHING ULTRA-LARGE CHARACTER LIBRARY AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING CHARACTER

Peking University Founder...

1. A method for establishing an ultra-large character library, comprising:establishing, by a computer, a boot character library, wherein the boot character library can be interpreted by a system font displaying engine;
establishing, by the computer, an ultra-large character library in a non-standard format, wherein the ultra-large character library cannot be interpreted by the system font displaying engine;
creating, by the computer, a font displaying engine middleware for interpreting the ultra-large character library;
wherein the font displaying engine middleware incorporates a one-to-one correspondence established between the boot character library and the ultra-large character library, and wherein, in the case that an application requires the system font displaying engine to display any one of characters including basic ASCII symbols and Chinese characters, the font displaying engine middleware intercepts a font invoking message sent from the system font displaying engine to the boot character library, regardless of whether the boot character library contains information about the character to be displayed, the font invoking message comprising a character code and a font name corresponding to the character to be displayed, accesses the ultra-large character library based on the one-to-one correspondence established between the boot character library and the ultra-large character library, regardless of whether the boot character library contains information about the character to be displayed or not, acquires outline data corresponding to the character from the ultra-large character library based on the character code and the font name, and transmits the outline data of the character to the system font displaying engine to enable the system font displaying engine to display the character according to the character outline data
wherein, the boot character library comprises only basic ASCII symbols.

US Pat. No. 10,192,332

DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. A method of controlling display of object data, the method comprising:calculating distances from an actual current position of a terminal to positions of a plurality of items of the object data;
determining, by a processor, whether the positions of the plurality of items are so included in a first area as to satisfy a predetermined condition, based on a distribution of the calculated distances, the first area being a current area including the actual current position of the terminal, the predetermined condition being an average of the calculated distances plus a correction or a median of the calculated distances plus a correction;
determining, by the processor, a second area based on a result of determining whether the positions of the plurality of items are so included in the first area as to satisfy the predetermined condition; and
displaying object data associated with a position in the second area on a screen,
wherein the first area is changed to the second area so that the positions of the plurality of items satisfy the predetermined condition in response to determining, by the processor, that the positions of the plurality of items are not so included in the first area as to satisfy the predetermined condition, and
wherein the second area includes the actual current position of the terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,192,322

MEDICINE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, MEDICINE SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS AND MEDICINE DISPENSING APPARATUS

YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD., T...

1. A medicine dispensing apparatus, comprising:a shape measuring unit configured to measure a size of a medicine;
a medicine cassette comprising a tablet containing cavity, a conveying member for conveying tablets passing through a dispensing path toward the dispensing port, height and width restricting members disposed along the dispensing path, wherein the cassette is configured to dispense the medicine, while being adjustable by changing one or both of a height and a width of a dispensing path, where the height and the width are changed by:
(a) adjusting the distance between the dispensing path and a lower end position of a height restricting member; and
(b) adjusting the projecting amount of the width restricting member toward the dispensing path;
an adjusting unit on which the medicine cassette can be detachably mounted wherein the adjusting unit comprises driving motors to drive gear transmission mechanisms linked to the height and width restricting members in such a manner as to change one or both of the height and the width of the dispensing path in the medicine cassette; and
a control unit configured to control the adjusting unit according to the size of the medicine obtained by the shape measuring unit to change one or both of the height and the width of the dispensing path in the medicine cassette mounted on the adjusting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,192,317

METHOD AND PIXEL ARRAY FOR DETECTING MOTION INFORMATION

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. A method for detecting motion information, comprising:providing a pixel array; wherein the pixel array includes a plurality of invisible image sensing pixels and a plurality of visible image sensing pixels, so as to detect an image of a measured object located in a first distance range or in a second distance range;
conducting an image detection within the first distance range by using the plurality of invisible image sensing pixels to output a plurality of invisible images;
conducting the image detection within the second distance range by using the plurality of visible image sensing pixels to output a plurality of visible images, wherein the plurality of invisible images is arranged into odd-numbered images listed in first, third, fifth, . . . , and n?1, and the plurality of visible images are arranged into even-numbered images listed in second, fourth, sixth, . . . , and n, wherein n is a positive integer; and
using a processing unit to analyze the plurality of invisible images and the plurality of visible images, so as to obtain a motion information of the measured object,
wherein a light source is provided to the plurality of invisible image sensing pixels in the step of conducting the image detection within the first distance range, and the light source is not provided to the plurality of visible image sensing pixels in the step of conducting the image detection within the second distance range, and
wherein the step of conducting the image detection in which the light source is provided to the plurality of invisible image sensing pixels within the first distance range and the step of conducting the image detection in which the light source is not provided to the plurality of visible image sensing pixels within the second distance range are simultaneously conducted.

US Pat. No. 10,192,315

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR HOLDING OBJECTS

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. An object holding apparatus comprising:a holding part that is able to hold at least one object;
a recognition device that recognizes a plurality of objects to generate a recognition result; and
a controller that
selects a first object from the objects, based on the recognition result,
sets a first direction to one side of the first object along which the number of objects aligned with the first object is smaller than the number of objects aligned with the first object along the other side of the first object,
selects a second object aligned with the first object along the first direction, and
controls a driving of the holding part, based on a selection result of the first object and the second object.

US Pat. No. 10,192,303

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MIXED MODE WAFER INSPECTION

KLA Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A method comprising:forming an inspection cell for mixed mode inspection of a wafer comprising block-to-block and die-to-die inspection of the wafer including acquiring one or more inspection results from the wafer, wherein the one or more inspection results include one or more images of a selected region of the wafer, the one or more images including one or more wafer die, the one or more wafer die including a set of repeating blocks, wherein the cells of each block are non-periodic or unresolvable;
comparing a first wafer die to at least a second wafer die in order to identify an occurrence of one or more defects in at least one of the first wafer die and the at least a second wafer die; and
comparing a first block to at least a second block in order to identify an occurrence of one or more defects in at least one of the first block and the at least a second block,
wherein the forming the inspection cell comprises:
adjusting a pixel size of the one or more images in order to map each block to an integer number of pixels; and
following adjustment of the pixel size to map each block to an integer number of pixels, adjusting the pixel size of the one or more images in order to map each die to an integer number of pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,192,299

METHOD OF AND SYSTEM FOR VERIFYING AUTHENTICITY OF PACKAGED ITEMS

Zortag, Inc., Great Neck...

1. A method of verifying authenticity of items, comprising:during manufacture and packaging of the items, marking the items with individual item characteristics, placing the marked items in a package, determining a first item authentication code from the individual item characteristics of the marked items, generating a first package authentication code, and marking the package with the first package authentication code, the first item authentication code and the first package authentication code both being visible and stored in a database; and
during authentication in the field, simultaneously capturing an optical image of both the first item authentication code and the first package authentication code, extracting both individual item characteristics of the marked items and a second package authentication code of the package from the captured image, processing the extracted individual item characteristics to generate a second item authentication code, and verifying authenticity of the marked items by matching the first and second package authentication codes and by also simultaneously matching the first and second item authentication codes.

US Pat. No. 10,192,296

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CAMERA SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT RESTORE AN IMAGE WITH A FILTER CORRESPONDING TO AN IMAGE PICKUP PLANE POSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a controller configured to adjust a position of a focal plane of an image pickup optical system with respect to a position of an image pickup plane by a correction amount based on image pickup environmental information so that the image pickup plane is positioned in an intermediate region between a peak position of a modulation transfer function (MTF) of the image pickup optical system at a center of an image and a peak position of the modulation transfer function (MTF) at a peripheral part of the image;
an image pickup element configured to generate the image by converting an optical image formed on the image pickup plane to electric signals after the position of the focal plane is adjusted by the controller; and
an image processor configured to restore the image utilizing an image restoration filter obtained base on the image pickup environmental information and image pickup state information of the image pickup optical system,
wherein the image pickup environmental information includes at least one of atmospheric temperature, humidity, and internal temperature of the image pickup optical system during shooting.

US Pat. No. 10,192,284

METHOD FOR MANAGING SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM WITH AID OF PANORAMIC MAP, AND ASSOCIATED APPARATUS

Synology Incorporated, T...

1. A method for managing a surveillance system, the surveillance system comprising at least one camera with capability of capturing direction adjustment, the method comprising:outputting a panoramic map to a display module of the surveillance system, for displaying the panoramic map on the display module;
correspondingly labeling a target patrol route of the surveillance system on the panoramic map according to at least one user input of a user of the surveillance system; and
performing capturing direction adjustment operations on the at least one camera based on the target patrol route; wherein the step of correspondingly labeling the target patrol route of the surveillance system on the panoramic map according to the user input of the user of the surveillance system further comprises: instantly controlling the at least one camera to automatically rotate to a specific direction by selecting part of the panoramic map, wherein the least one camera is controlled to obtain a non-distorted image corresponding to the selected part of the panoramic map as a two-dimensional reference image to be shown on the selected part of the panoramic map.

US Pat. No. 10,192,277

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING AN AUDIT TRAIL FOR AUDITABLE DEVICES

AXON ENTERPRISE, INC., S...

1. An evidence management system, comprising:a video data store configured to store video data received from a plurality of wearable cameras;
an audit trail data store configured to store a plurality of auditable event entries generated by the plurality of wearable cameras;
an auditable device data store configured to store identifying information associated with each wearable camera of the plurality of wearable cameras, the identifying information including an identifier of a user associated with each wearable camera at a given time or date; and
at least one computing device configured to provide a data gathering engine configured to:
receive the video data from the plurality of wearable cameras and store the video data in the video data store; and
receive the auditable event entries generated by the plurality of wearable cameras and store the auditable event entries in the audit trail data store.

US Pat. No. 10,192,268

APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR A DYNAMIC TRANSACTION MANAGEMENT AND CLEARING ENGINE

NYSE Group, Inc., New Yo...

1. A computer-implemented method for reducing computational processing and operational requirements of a post-trade financial services entity, the method comprising:in a networked system comprising one or more data sources, at least one computer device, the post-trade financial services entity and a dynamic transaction management and clearing (DTMC) engine communicatively coupled to said one or more data sources and said at least one computer device, said DTMC engine comprising one or more components instantiated on a single node or across numerous nodes of the networked system to improve performance through at least one of load-balancing and data-processing techniques, said one or more components comprising an interaction gateway, a user interface module, a non-transitory memory storing processing instructions and at least one processor executing said processing instructions to cause the DTMC engine to perform the steps of:
receiving, from the one or more data sources over the network, contract purchase details for a plurality of contract purchases, each contract (i) having a specified term and (ii) trading on an exchange, the contract purchase details comprising position volume and purchase volume, for each of a plurality of exchange members;
recording the contract purchase details;
receiving, over the network via the interaction gateway, one or more short position delivery intents from the at least one computer device, said at least one computer device being associated with at least one exchange member among the plurality of exchange members having short positions;
in response to receiving the one or more short position delivery intents, automatically generating, by the user interface module of the DTMC engine, a user interface that is displayed on the at least one computer device associated with the at least one exchange member, the user interface comprising selectable financial instruments available for delivery, the selectable financial instruments corresponding to financial instruments held by the post-trade financial services entity and associated with a contract for the respective exchange member;
receiving, via the user interface from the at least one computer device, a selection indicating an instrument nomination from among the selectable financial instruments for each received short position delivery intent, the instrument nomination specifying a financial instrument that is to be delivered by a respective associated exchange member;
automatically aggregating the received short position delivery intents to create aggregated short position delivery intents;
automatically generating a pool of long positions that will take delivery of short positions associated with the aggregated short position delivery intents;
automatically generating a delivered positions record comprising details for the short positions associated with the aggregated short position delivery intents, the pool of long positions that will take delivery and the instrument nomination, the DTMC engine transmitting the delivered positions record to the post-trade financial services entity; and
automatically generating one or more trades based on the generated delivered positions record.

US Pat. No. 10,192,266

SYSTEM FOR GENERATING AND ADMINISTERING A SERVICING ASSET

FEDERAL HOME LOAN MORTGAG...

1. A computer system for generating and administering a servicing right asset, comprising:a data storage device configured to receive and store a first data record representing a servicing contract, the first data record including a principal amount field containing data representing a principal amount of a loan, an interest rate field containing data representing an interest rate associated with the loan, and a retained percentage field containing data representing a percentage to be retained by a servicer of payments made on the loan;
a generating processor configured to interface with said data storage device to process the stored first data record and to generate a second data record representing a servicing asset corresponding to the data contained in the principal amount field, the interest rate field, and the retained percentage field;
a communications interface connected to said generating processor and to an external payment system, and configured to receive a payment data record representing a received payment on the loan,
wherein, for each received payment data record, the generating processor retains, in accordance with the received payment data record and the second data record, a portion of the received payment and transmits data representing a remaining portion of the received payment to an owner of the loan.

US Pat. No. 10,192,263

BRANCH RECOMMENDATION

The Toronto-Dominion Bank...

1. A method, comprising:detecting initiation of an electronic activity by a user at a first physical location;
determining that the electronic activity is to be completed at a second physical location different from the first physical location;
determining one or more portions of the electronic activity that remain incomplete;
based on at least one characteristic of the one or more incomplete portions of the electronic activity, identifying a second physical location at which to complete the one or more incomplete portions of the electronic activity, the identifying comprising:
determining that a past location of the user is closer to the second physical location than to a third physical location, the third physical location being different from the first and second physical locations; and
when the past location of the user is closer to the second physical location than to the third physical location, selecting the second physical location at which to complete the electronic activity; and
providing information about the electronic activity to the second physical location.

US Pat. No. 10,192,257

SYSTEMS, APPARATUSES, AND METHODS FOR ORDERING ITEMS FROM AN ELECTRONIC MENU, AND SERVICING THEREOF

TouchTunes Music Corporat...

1. A method for ordering items from an electronic menu and servicing thereof, in a networked computing environment that communicably connects via at least one network at least a plurality of first handheld electronic devices, a plurality of second handheld electronic devices and a venue computer, the method comprising:associating a predetermined identifier with a first handheld electronic device, the predetermined identifier identifying a group of two or more of the first handheld electronic devices;
displaying at least a part of the electronic menu of order items on a display of at least one of the two or more the first handheld electronic devices;
receiving, at each of the two or more first handheld electronic devices in the group, input from respective first users selecting one or more order items from the displayed menu for an order, wherein the order comprises the one or more order items selected by each of the two or more respective first users;
receiving input from one of the respective first users indicating finalizing of the order comprising the selected one or more order items;
based upon a selection of the predetermined identifier on a display of a second handheld electronic device configured differently than the first handheld electronic device or based upon an input of the predetermined identifier to the second handheld electronic device, associating the second handheld electronic device with the group of the two or more first handheld electronic devices that are each associated with the predetermined identifier;
receiving, at the second handheld electronic device, the finalized order for one or more order items from at least one of the two or more first handheld electronic devices associated with the predetermined identifier;
displaying the received order on a display of the second handheld electronic device; and
based upon an input from a second user provided at the second handheld electronic device, transmitting one or more of the order items to the venue computer for further consideration of the one or more order items.

US Pat. No. 10,192,256

DETERMINING MERCHANT RECOMMENDATIONS

AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL R...

1. A method, comprising:creating, by a computer based system, a group containing a plurality of merchants based on a common trait within a time period,
wherein the common trait includes at least one of a keyword association, similar industry code, criteria, items sold, offers, behaviors, or transaction information;
determining, by the computer based system, a plurality of consumer transaction accounts that were used to initiate transactions at the plurality of merchants;
assigning, by the computer based system, a score to each of the plurality of merchants based on connectivity, activity, common consumers and merchant over-index,
wherein the merchant over-index includes a ratio of consumers with the transactions at a merchant compared to a baseline population of the consumers;
removing, by the computer based system and from the group, a portion of the plurality of merchants with the score below a threshold;
selecting, by the computer based system, an interest,
wherein the interest is associated with a persona, and
wherein at least one of the interest or the persona include parameters that define the at least one of the interest or the persona;
evaluating, by the computer based system, the group containing the plurality of merchants to determine a seed merchant based on the interest;
determining, by the computer based system, a pool of merchants comprising a first subset of merchants that are associated with the seed merchant and a second subset of merchants of which the seed customer has transacted;
receiving, by the computer based system and from a consumer, a request for recommendations of merchants from the pool of merchants based on the persona presented to the consumer;
detecting, by the computer based system via a real time system, a location of a mobile device of the consumer, in response to the receiving the request for recommendations from the mobile device of the consumer;
monitoring, by the computer based system and via the real time system, the location of the mobile device of the consumer;
adjusting, in real time and by the computer based system via the real time system, a list of recommended merchants associated with the persona based on at least one of the monitoring the location of the mobile device of the consumer, a time of day, or a percentage of the transactions at a meal-time exceeding a percentage of overall transactions;
presenting, by the computer based system and via the real time system and to the mobile device, the list of recommended merchants in response to the adjusting; and
associating, by the computer based system, a consumer profile with the persona and in response to the request for recommendations of the merchants from the consumer.

US Pat. No. 10,192,237

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISTRIBUTION OF CONTENT

Bazaarvoice, Inc., Austi...

1. A method, comprising:storing, by a content distribution system, user-generated content and associated metadata, wherein the user-generated content includes first user-generated content regarding a particular product or category;
receiving, at the content distribution system from a remote computer system, a request for user-generated content for a particular web page that is associated with the particular product or category;
assembling, by the content distribution system, a set of user-generated content responsive to the request, wherein the assembling includes determining whether to include the first user-generated content in the set based on a syndication delay filter associated with the first user-generated content, wherein the syndication delay filter serves to:
during a syndication delay time indicated by the syndication delay filter:
permit providing the first user-generated content to only a website of origin of the first user-generated content; and
prevent the first user-generated content from being distributed to a web site other than the web site of origin; and
after the syndication delay time:
permit providing the first user-generated content to the website of origin and other websites; and
providing, by the content distribution system, the set of user-generated content to the remote computer system.

US Pat. No. 10,192,234

TITLE MATERIALS EMBEDDED WITHIN MEDIA FORMATS AND RELATED APPLICATIONS

API Market, Inc., San Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method for facilitating access to digital content in a network using one or more computing devices, comprising:embedding, by at least one of the one or more computing devices, a portion of a first digital bearer instrument or a reference to the first digital bearer instrument in a first digital media object, the first digital media object having a media format and representing first digital content, the first digital bearer instrument representing a right relating to the first digital content, the portion of the first digital bearer instrument or the reference to the first digital bearer instrument being embedded in the first digital media object such that playback of the first digital content by media players not configured to recognize or process the portion of the first digital bearer instrument or the reference to the first digital bearer instrument is not inhibited, the portion of the first digital bearer instrument or the reference to the first digital bearer instrument also being embedded in the first digital media object such that media players configured to recognize and process the portion of the first digital bearer instrument or the reference to the first digital bearer instrument can recognize and process the portion of the first digital bearer instrument or the reference to the first digital bearer instrument;
embedding, by at least one of the one or more computing devices, a portion of a second digital bearer instrument or a reference to the second digital bearer instrument in a second digital media object, the second digital media object having the media format and representing second digital content, the second digital bearer instrument representing a right relating to the second digital content, the portion of the second digital bearer instrument or the reference to the second digital bearer instrument being embedded in the second digital media object such that playback of the second digital content by media players not configured to recognize or process the portion of the second digital bearer instrument or the reference to the second digital bearer instrument is not inhibited, the portion of the second digital bearer instrument or the reference to the second digital bearer instrument also being embedded in the second digital media object such that media players configured to recognize and process the portion of the second digital bearer instrument or the reference to the second digital bearer instrument can recognize and process the portion of the second digital bearer instrument or the reference to the second digital bearer instrument;
transmitting, by at least one of the one or more computing devices via the network, the first digital media object to a first media player operating on a first client device, the first media player being configured to recognize and process the media format, the first media player not being configured to recognize or process the portion of the first digital bearer instrument or the reference to the first digital bearer instrument;
receiving, by at least one of the one or more computing devices via the network, a notification from the first client device that the first digital content was downloaded or streamed by the first media player of the first client device;
transmitting, by at least one of the one or more computing devices via the network, the second digital media object to a second media player operating on a second client device, the second media player being configured to recognize and process the media format, the second media player also being configured to recognize and process the portion of the second digital bearer instrument or the reference to the second digital bearer instrument;
receiving, by at least one of the one or more computing devices via the network, at least one notification from the second client device, the at least one notification from the second client device representing that the second digital content was downloaded or streamed by the second media player, the at least one notification from the second client device also representing that an automatic action was taken by the second media player based on processing of the portion of the second digital bearer instrument or the reference to the second digital bearer instrument;
retrieving, by at least one of the one or more computing devices, the second digital bearer instrument in response to the at least one notification from the second client device; and
redeeming, by at least one of the one or more computing devices, the right relating to the second digital content by processing the second digital bearer instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,192,232

WIRELESS ELECTRONIC COUPONING TECHNIQUE

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

1. An apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory including computer program code for one or more programs,
the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus to perform at least the following,
receive an electronic coupon with coupon information, wherein the coupon information includes forwardability information that allows forwarding of the electronic coupon to one or more wireless mobile terminals;
store the coupon information in the apparatus;
display a visual representation of the electronic coupon based, at least in part, on the coupon information;
wirelessly transfer the coupon information to a point of sale (POS) terminal for validation and redemption based, at least in part, on the transmitted coupon information.

US Pat. No. 10,192,228

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE RATINGS INFORMATION FOR ONLINE MEDIA PRESENTATIONS

THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US),...

1. An audience measurement entity device, comprising:a communications interface to:
transmit first instructions which, when executed by a client device, cause the client device to transmit messages in response to presentations of portions of media; and
transmit a second message to the client device in response to a beacon request sent by the client device or in response to one of first messages sent by the client device based on the first instructions, ones of the first messages corresponding to different ones of the portions of the media presented at the client device, the second message to cause the client device to transmit a third message to a database proprietor, the third message to cause the database proprietor to transmit demographic information associated with the client device; and
a processor to:
determine, based on one of the first messages and the demographic information, a first demographic characteristic associated with a first one of the portions of the media presented at the client device;
determine numbers of impressions for respective ones of the portions of the media based on the first messages and based on fourth messages from other client devices; and
determine respective demographic characteristics corresponding to the impressions based on the first demographic characteristic, the first messages, and the fourth messages.

US Pat. No. 10,192,205

METHOD FOR PROVIDING A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR AN ELECTRONIC TRANSACTION

VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVIC...

1. A computer-implemented method for providing a graphical user interface (GUI) for processing an electronic transaction on an input screen via a mobile application, the method comprising:displaying a first GUI screen of the GUI in a shape and a surface appearance resembling a payment card, said first GUI screen resembling the payment card having two shorter edges, wherein the first GUI screen includes one or more first input fields;
generating and displaying a semi-circle oval protruding outwardly from at least one of the two shorter edges of the first GUI screen;
receiving first inputs in the one or more first input fields on the first GUI screen, wherein the one or more first input fields are displayed within the shape and surface appearance resembling the payment card;
wherein the received first inputs are sent to an electronic transaction server;
in response to receiving the first inputs, generating and displaying a first dynamic GUI indication in the semi-circle oval in response to some or all of the first inputs for the one or more first input fields being received while received inputs in the one or more first input fields are persistently displayed, wherein the first dynamic GUI indication comprises: color changes when some or all of the first inputs for the one or more first input fields receive input, an arrow indication only appearing in the semi-circle oval upon completion of the some or all of the first inputs for the one or more first input fields configured to be activated to move to second GUI screen, or an error message to be displayed in the first GUI screen instead of the arrow indication;
receiving a first activation of the first dynamic GUI indication;
in response to receiving the first activation of the first dynamic GUI indication, transitioning from the first GUI screen to the second GUI screen, said transitioning comprising replacing the first GUI screen with the second GUI screen, said second GUI screen displaying one or more second input fields for inputs within the second GUI screen having the shape and surface appearance resembling the payment card;
receiving second inputs in the one or more second input fields that provide complete information for the electronic transaction;
wherein the received second inputs are sent to the electronic transaction server;
in response to receiving the second inputs, generating a second dynamic GUI indication in the semi-circle oval;
receiving a second activation of the second dynamic GUI indication;
transitioning from the second GUI screen to at least one GUI confirmation screen, said transitioning comprising replacing the second GUI screen with the at least one GUI confirmation screen, wherein the at least one GUI confirmation screen indicates completion of inputs received for the electronic transaction; and
receiving a final activation of a third dynamical GUI indication in the semi-circle oval for the at least one GUI confirmation screen to execute the electronic transaction, wherein the received final activation is sent to the electronic transaction server to execute the electronic transaction.

US Pat. No. 10,192,197

AUTOMATED ASSET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH MULTIPLE SENSING TECHNOLOGIES

SNAP-ON INCORPORATED, Ke...

1. A method comprising:performing, using a first sensing subsystem, a first scan of a plurality of storage locations for storing objects in an automated asset management system having the first sensing subsystem configured to sense presence or absence of the objects in the plurality of storage locations;
determining, based on a result of the first scan, presence or absence of at least one object in the plurality of storage locations using the first sensing subsystem;
setting a number of objects expected to be sensed during a second scan of the plurality of storage locations based on the result of the first scan;
performing the second scan of the plurality of storage locations, according to the number of objects set based on the result of the first scan, to sense presence or absence of the objects in the plurality of storage locations; and
determining, based on the result of the first scan and a result of the second scan, presence or absence of objects in the plurality of storage locations.

US Pat. No. 10,192,194

IN-VEHICLE PACKAGE LOCATION IDENTIFICATION AT LOAD AND DELIVERY TIMES

HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.,...

1. A delivery vehicle package locating system, the system comprising:a pularity of shelves for storing a plurality of packages, including at least a first shelf and a second shelf adjacent to the first shelf, wherein:
each shelf comprises a plurality of indicator lights in a row;
the first shelf comprises a plurality of emitting lights in a row along a first edge of the first shelf; and
the second shelf comprises a plurality of light sensors in a row on a second edge of the second shelf, wherein each light sensor on the second edge of the second shelf corresponds to an emitting light on the first edge of the first shelf;
a shelf control system communicatively coupled, via a shelf communication interface, to the plurality of indicator lights, the plurality of emitting lights, and the plurality of light sensors, and comprising a shelf processor and a shelf memory storing program codes;
wherein the shelf control system is operable to:
determine a width and a shelf-location of a package loaded on the first shelf based upon light from a plurality of the emitting lights on the first edge of the first shelf being blocked from corresponding light sensors on the second edge of the second shelf by the package; and
send the width and the shelf-location information for the package to a computer system; and
the computer system, comprising:
a computer communication interface; and
a computer control system communicatively coupled to the computer communication interface, and comprising a computer processor and a computer memory storing program codes;
wherein the computer system is operable to:
receive delivery-location information for the package;
receive package identification information for the package;
receive the width and the shelf-location information for the package from the shelf control system;
correlate and store the delivery-location information, the package identification information, and the width and the shelf-location information for the package;
determine vehicle-location information based upon current location of the delivery vehicle; and
send the shelf-location information for the package to the shelf control system responsive to determining that the vehicle-location information corresponds with the delivery-location information for the package; and
wherein the shelf control system is further operable to:
receive the shelf-location information for the package from the computer system; and
activate the indicator lights corresponding to the width and shelf-location of the package responsive to receiving the shelf-location information for the package from the computer system.

US Pat. No. 10,192,189

MOBILE PICKUP LOCATIONS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system, comprising:a mobile pickup location apparatus that is associated with and configured to be attached to a vehicle that transports passengers along a route according to a schedule for transporting the passengers, the mobile pickup location apparatus comprising:
a storage compartment with a locking mechanism;
a control station configured to control the locking mechanism, the control station comprising an input device; and
a mounting mechanism that is configured to attach the mobile pickup location apparatus to an inside surface of the vehicle to enable a user to retrieve an item from the storage compartment while the user is riding as a passenger in the vehicle; and
a computing system implementing an order planning system, the computing system comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors and storing program instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to at least:
receive from a user a selection of an item;
determine a user preferred area;
determine a preferred timeframe;
identify the mobile pickup location apparatus as a delivery option for the user based on an evaluation of received schedule data for the vehicle that indicates that the vehicle will be travelling and will stop at a stopping point in the preferred area during at least a portion of the preferred timeframe;
present the mobile pickup location apparatus as a delivery option to the user;
receive a selection of the mobile pickup location apparatus from the user as a selected delivery option; and
based on the selection by the user of the mobile pickup location apparatus as the selected delivery option, provide an access code to enable the user to retrieve the item from the storage compartment of the mobile pickup location apparatus and associate the delivery of the item with the mobile pickup location apparatus so that the item will be delivered to the mobile pickup location apparatus as attached to the inside surface of the vehicle to enable the user to meet the vehicle in the preferred area at the stopping point during at least a portion of the preferred timeframe and to retrieve the item while the user is riding as a passenger in the vehicle; and
wherein the control station of the mobile pickup location apparatus, in response to a receipt of the access code while the user is riding as a passenger in the vehicle, controls the locking mechanism to unlock the storage compartment that contains the item to enable the user to retrieve the item from the storage compartment while the user is riding as a passenger in the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,192,188

HANDLING OF DANGEROUS GOODS USING IOT DEVICES

SAP SE, Walldorf (DE)

1. A computer-implemented method for monitoring dangerous goods based on networked devices, the method being executed using one or more processors and comprising:registering, by the one or more processors, a dangerous good with a monitoring system, the dangerous good being associated with a networked device comprising one or more components that provide location data associated with the dangerous good and one or more environmental sensors to provide environmental data in response to environments within which the dangerous good is located, the networked device communicating with one or more other networked devices associated with respective dangerous goods to form a mesh network to determine global locations of the dangerous goods, the environmental data comprising one or more of pressure, temperature, moisture, acceleration, and tilt;
determining, by the one or more processors, at least one rule that is to be applied to handling of the dangerous good to prevent a harm, the at least one rule being dependent on a type and a quantity of the dangerous good, and the global locations;
receiving, by the one or more processors, the location data and the environmental data associated with the dangerous good;
determining, by the one or more processors, that a violation has occurred by comparing the location data and the environmental data associated with the dangerous good to the at least one rule, the violation being associated with a respective degree indicating a severity of the harm based on the type and the quantity of the dangerous good; and
transmitting, by the one or more processors, a notification to at least one application of a plurality of applications, the notification indicating that the violation has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,192,186

DECLARATIVE LANGUAGE DYNAMIC WEB PLATFORM

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system comprising:a processor; and
a memory device communicatively coupled to the processor, the memory device storing instructions which when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
access a request for rendering dynamically generated content;
access a first set of declarative data;
generate a first strategy for rendering the dynamically generated content based on the request and the first set of declarative data;
generate a first set of one or more jobs using the first strategy;
access a second set of declarative data;
generate a second strategy for rendering the dynamically generated content based on the request and the second set of declarative data;
generate a second set of one or more jobs using the second strategy;
send one or more of the first set of one or more jobs or the second set of one or more jobs to an assembler module;
receive results from the assembler module based on processing the one or more of the first set of one or more jobs or the second set of one or more jobs; and
generate, based at least in part on the results, rendered content.

US Pat. No. 10,192,183

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REAL COST ANALYSIS OF A COOLING SYSTEM

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A computerized method for real cost analysis related to a modification to a physical structure of an existing cooling system, comprising: a computer processor determining a base real cost per time period of the existing cooling system; the computer processor generating an estimated real cost per time period of a model using the modification to a physical structure of the existing cooling system; and the computer processor comparing the base real cost per time period to the estimated real cost per time period, the computer processor outputting to a display a result of the real cost analysis related to the modification, wherein the modification includes one or more of: an addition of a thermal storage capability, and a removal of the thermal storage capability.

US Pat. No. 10,192,181

RESOURCE DEMAND-BASED PROJECT TEAM STAFFING

ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORP...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to manage resource staffing, the managing comprising:providing a resource demand profile comprising requirements for one or more roles to be staffed for a project team and an allocated budget for staffing the project team, wherein the allocated budget is predetermined;
displaying a project level graphical user interface based on the resource demand profile, the project level graphical user interface comprising a pie chart and a donut chart; wherein the pie chart displays a portion corresponding to each of the one or more roles and the donut chart indicates an amount of the allocated budget remaining for each of the one or more roles, wherein the pie and donut charts are displayed simultaneously with the pie chart displayed within the donut chart;
updating, upon selection of a resource to be staffed to one of the one or more roles, the portion of the pie chart corresponding to the one of the one or more roles to graphically indicate that the selected resource has been selected to be staffed to the one of the one or more roles;
updating, upon selection of the resource to be staffed to the one of the one or more roles, the donut chart to indicate an amount of the allocated budget remaining based on the selection of the resource;
displaying, upon user selection of a portion of the pie chart, a resource suggestion interface comprising a graph of available resources for a role corresponding to the selected portion of the pie chart, the graph comprising the available resources and a selected role graphed by cost and duration, the duration of the selected role being an unstaffed portion of the duration of the selected role, wherein the role is displayed as a role pie chart, the role pie chart comprising slices to indicate an extent to which the corresponding role has been staffed, and wherein, upon user dragging and dropping of a selected resource pie chart onto the role pie chart, the graph is updated including:
updating the role pie chart to indicate the staffing of the selected resource; removing the selected resource pie chart from the graph;
and relocating the role pie chart to correspond to the remaining budget and duration.

US Pat. No. 10,192,179

SESSION TRANSFER IN A CUSTOMER SERVICE ENVIRONMENT

AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium embodying a program executable in at least one computing device, the program, when executed, configured to cause the at least one computing device to at least:generate a session in a data store associated with a support request from a customer for support, the session being associated with a session identifier that uniquely identifies the session with respect to a plurality of sessions stored in the data store;
determine a first customer service agent to whom to assign the session based at least in part on an input provided during a phone call, the first customer service agent using a first client device, the first customer service agent associated with a user identifier uniquely identifying the first customer service agent with respect to other customer service agents;
generate a hierarchical tree user interface element in a customer service agent user interface associated with the session for the first client device, the hierarchical tree user interface element including a hierarchical tree expressing a browse history associated with the first customer service agent during the session, wherein a respective child node of the hierarchical tree corresponds to a respective hyperlink followed from a respective parent node of the respective child node, wherein the browse history indicates at least one respective content page of a customer portal to which a second customer service agent has navigated during a previous session;
track activity of the first customer service agent during the session, the activity of the first customer service agent being stored in the data store with the browse history of the hierarchical tree, the activity comprising an identification of a plurality of content pages visited by the first customer service agent, the plurality of content pages being stored in a page cache in the data store;
update the hierarchical tree user interface element by adding a respective node to the hierarchical tree based at least in part upon the activity stored with the browse history, the respective node comprising a hyperlink to at least one of the plurality of content pages visited by the first customer service agent;
receive a request to transfer the session to a third client device associated with a third customer service agent;
transfer the browse history for the session stored in the data store to the third customer service agent; and
render the hierarchical tree user interface element in the third client device, wherein rendering the hierarchical tree user interface element comprises rendering the hierarchical tree to include the hyperlink and establishing the hyperlink to correspond with a cached content page associated with the browse history, wherein the cached content page is determined based at least in part on a retrieval of the page cache for the browse history.

US Pat. No. 10,192,176

MOTIVATION OF TASK COMPLETION AND PERSONALIZATION OF TASKS AND LISTS

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A method of personalizing electronically-enabled task items, comprising:generating a listing of a plurality of tasks with a tasks application;
displaying a first task user interface of the tasks application including;
the listing of the plurality of task items;
a doodling pane and a gaming pane, the gaming pane including a user-interactive game, wherein the listing of the plurality of task items, the doodling pane and the game pane are displayed concurrently within the first task user interface;
receiving an ink input via the doodling pane;
associating the ink input with one of the plurality of task items and associating the user-interactive game with another of the plurality of task items;
after associating the ink input with the one task item and the user-interactive game with the another task item, display a subsequent listing of the plurality of task items in a second task user interface without displaying either the associated ink input or the associated user-interactive game; and
when a selection of the one task item from the subsequent listing is received, opening the one task item and displaying the one task item concurrently with the associated ink input; and
when a selection of the another task item from the subsequent listing is received, opening the another task item and displaying the another task item concurrently with the associated user-interactive game.

US Pat. No. 10,192,175

NAVIGATING INTERACTIVE VISUALIZATIONS WITH COLLABORATIVE FILTERING

ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORP...

1. A method comprising:tracking interactions of a plurality of users with a plurality of views of an interactive visualization;
storing a plurality of inquiry histories for the interactive visualization, the plurality of inquiry histories representing the interactions of the plurality of users with the interactive visualization, the plurality of inquiry histories comprising, for each inquiry history of the plurality of inquiry histories, an interaction of a user with the interactive visualization and an associated view from the plurality of views of the interactive visualization;
determining a directional path comprising a subset of views from the plurality of views, wherein:
the directional path is a graph indicative of a path traced through the subset of views,
the graph is generated based on analyzing the plurality of inquiry histories representing the interactions of the plurality of users,
the graph comprises a plurality of vertices and one or more edges connecting the plurality of vertices, and
each vertex in the plurality of vertices represents a view from the subset of views and each edge in the one or more edges represents a navigation between two of the subset of views that are connected by the edge;
receiving a new interaction of a first user with the interactive visualization;
in response to receiving the new interaction, determining a current view of the interactive visualization associated with the new interaction, the current view included in the plurality of views;
determining a recommendation for the first user based on the new interaction, the current view, the plurality of inquiry histories, and the directional path, the recommendation including an action to navigate from the current view to a new view, wherein the new view is included in the directional path; and
outputting the recommendation to the first user.

US Pat. No. 10,192,173

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRAINING OF STATE-CLASSIFIERS

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER...

1. A system, comprising:a set of sensors configured to provide a set of multimodal signals indicating physiological responses of an operator, of a vehicle or device, to stimuli in a first time period;
a processing circuit configured to train one or more state-classifiers to map the set of multimodal signals to a set of cognitive states; and
a display configured to depict operation of the vehicle or device by the operator in the first time period;
a data storage circuit coupled to the processing circuit and configured to store the one or more state-classifiers;
a second processing circuit coupled to the data storage and configured to determine a cognitive state of an operator using the one or more state-classifiers and the set of multimodal signals as input to the one or more state-classifiers;
a third processing circuit configured to perform an action specified in a settings file, stored in the data storage, in response to the determined cognitive state of the operator satisfying a set of criteria specified in the settings file;
wherein the action specified in the settings file includes at least one of a set of actions including adjusting operation of the vehicle or device, providing an alert to the operator, and sending an alert message; and
wherein the processing circuit is further configured to, in response to user input selecting one of the set of cognitive states and a portion of the first time period, perform the training of the one or more state-classifiers using the set of multimodal signals sampled in the portion of the time period as input to the one or more state-classifiers and the selected one of the set of cognitive states as a target result to be mapped to by the one or more state-classifiers.

US Pat. No. 10,192,170

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATED PLANT ASSET FAILURE DETECTION

MTELLIGENCE CORPORATION, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of performing failure signature recognition training, the method comprising:by one or more processors and associated memory:
receiving: (i) sensor data relating to at least one unit of equipment and (ii) failure information relating to equipment failures;
analyzing the received sensor data in view of the received failure information, the analyzing being automatic in response to the sensor data and:
creating at least one learning agent to perform failure signature recognition with respect to the at least one unit of equipment; and
training the at least one learning agent by adjusting parameters of the at least one learning agent using machine learning, the training enabling the at least one learning agent to predict failures identified by the received failure information; and
storing the received sensor data in the associated memory along with metadata flagging one or more failure intervals and one or more normal intervals in the received sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,192,169

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MAKING EFFECTIVE USE OF SYSTEM RESOURCES

salesforce.com, inc., Sa...

1. A method comprising:receiving a plurality of requests for access to a resource with a training module of a on-demand services environment provided by one or more computing devices, each request having an associated group of features to be mapped to labels within the on-demand services environment;
generating a statistical model with the training module within the on-demand services environment, wherein the statistical model provides a prediction of resources required by a subsequent request based on features of the corresponding subsequent requests, the subsequent request received from a remote computing device;
allocating resources within the on-demand services environment to service the subsequent request based on the prediction;
utilizing the allocated resources within the on-demand services environment with the one or more computing devices to generate a result; and
transmitting the result to the remote computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,192,168

PROCESSING SIGNALS IN A QUANTUM COMPUTING SYSTEM

1. A quantum computing method comprising:generating quantum processor control information for a group of devices housed in a quantum processor cell, each device in the group having a distinct operating frequency;
generating a multiplexed control signal based on the quantum processor control information;
communicating the multiplexed control signal from a first, higher temperature stage to a second, lower temperature stage, wherein the second temperature stage comprises a low-noise, cryogenic environment;
communicating the multiplexed control signal on a physical channel into an input signal processing system, the input signal processing system operating in the low-noise, cryogenic environment;
separating device control signals from the multiplexed control signal by de-multiplexing the multiplexed control signal in the input signal processing system, wherein the multiplexed control signal is de-multiplexed by a de-multiplexer device operating in the low-noise, cryogenic environment from an input channel onto multiple output channels, the output channels comprising a distinct physical channel for each device in the group; and
communicating the respective device control signals on the output channels into the quantum processor cell for the group of devices, the quantum processor cell operating in the low-noise, cryogenic environment.

US Pat. No. 10,192,167

UTILIZING SPATIAL PROBABILITY MODELS TO REDUCE COMPUTATIONAL RESOURCE AND MEMORY UTILIZATION

1. A system comprising:a processing device;
a non-transitory, tangible medium that stores instructions that when executed by the processing device cause the system to perform operations comprising:
utilizing a spatial probability model, that relatively reduces memory utilization, computational resources and information distortion by comprising probability distributions that vary along intervals comprised by a time dimension corresponding to at least a length of a monotonic output sequence to determine at least one of the following:
a probability of a state comprised by a state superset of at least one of the following: a data unit, the monotonic output sequence, a data system or a systemic characteristic of the data system; or
a state subset comprising a subset of states comprised by the state superset,
the spatial probability model comprising a space, the space comprising a point corresponding to at least:
an interval comprised by the time dimension; and
an element comprised by a state dimension, the element corresponding to at least one of the following:
a possible data unit state of a first data unit comprised by the monotonic output sequence, or
a boundary of the state subset;
the point linking to a spatial probability value enabling a determination of a probability of an association or a correspondence between the point and at least a current second data unit state of a second data unit comprised by a second monotonic output sequence, the spatial probability value based, at least in part, on a number of associations or correspondences determined by at least a referencing system or a referencing function between the point and a data unit state of the first data unit comprised by the monotonic output sequence, wherein the spatial probability value is linked to or associated with at least one of the following:
the probability of the state comprised by the state superset, or the state subset,
utilizing the spatial probability model to perform at least one of the following:
a) relatively reducing memory utilization, computational resources or information distortion when utilizing the spatial probability model to recognize a pattern of at least one of the following: an input data system, a systemic characteristic of the input data system or a portion thereof, the pattern based, at least in part, on a variety of symbols or input data units comprised by the input data system corresponding to at least one of the following:
an encoded message comprising symbols, a document comprising graphemes or alphanumeric symbols, a digital picture comprising pixels, a waveform file comprising samples, a video file comprising picture frames, a digital scene comprising points, polygons or voxels, or a pseudorandom file comprising data with pseudorandom characteristics;
wherein performing a pattern recognition of the input data system, the systemic characteristic of the input data system, or a portion thereof, comprises at least:
receiving an ordered sequence of input data units comprised by the input data system and utilizing a sequence function to generate an input data unit comprised by an input monotonic output sequence based, at least in part, on the ordered sequence of input data units,
determining a match test output indicating a probability of a match or a probability of a similarity between the spatial probability model, comprising probability distributions that vary along intervals comprised by the time dimension, and at least one of the following: the input data system, the systemic characteristic of the input data system or a portion thereof: the probability of the match or the probability of the similarity based, at least in part, on a spatial probability output based, at least in part, on the spatial probability value linked to the point,
generating, based on the match test output, corresponding output data indicating whether the pattern of the input data system, the systemic characteristic of the input data system or a portion thereof is recognized by utilizing the spatial probability model and storing, processing, or transmitting the corresponding output data, or a portion thereof; or
b) utilizing a decoder or a forecaster that relatively reduces memory utilization, computational resources and information distortion when utilizing the spatial probability model to render, simulate, or forecast a generated data system corresponding to a rendering, simulation or forecast of at least one of the following: the encoded message comprising symbols, the document comprising graphemes or alphanumeric symbols, the digital picture comprising pixels, the waveform file comprising samples, the video file comprising picture frames, the digital scene comprising points, polygons or voxels, the pseudorandom file comprising data with pseudorandom characteristics, or a forecasted ordered sequence of data units corresponding to predicted data associated with a likelihood of occurring at a future interval or a previous interval comprised by the time dimension, wherein performing the rendering, simulation or forecast of the generated data system by the decoder or forecaster comprises at least:
receiving a first message comprising an ordered list of identifiers representing at least one of the following: the corresponding output data, a state subset type indicating a known spatial probability model, or a current interval comprised by the time dimension,
generating a generated data unit state of a generated data unit comprised by a generated monotonic output sequence based, at least in part, on determining the spatial probability output
based, at least in part, on the spatial probability value linked to the point,
storing, processing, or transmitting the generated data system based, at least in part, on the generated monotonic output sequence, wherein the first message comprising the ordered list of identifiers is with reduced average information entropy or less detail of information than the generated data system; or
c) relatively reducing memory utilization, processing resources and information distortion when generating analyzed data of at least one of the following: statistics data or a time series of statistics data: wherein performing the generation of analyzed data comprises at least:
generating analyzed data based, at least in part, on determining shapes or patterns of probability distributions that vary along the time dimension corresponding to at least the length of the monotonic output sequence, resulting in an analyzation of complex relationships of long sequences of data units comprised by the statistics data or the time series of statistics data and storing, processing, or transmitting the analyzed data.

US Pat. No. 10,192,166

COMPUTATION OF RECEIVER OPERATING CHARACTERISTIC CURVES

SAS Institute Inc., Cary...

1. A method for finding a distributed computed solution for true positive rates and false positive rates comprising:receiving, by each computing device of a plurality of computing devices, a value defining a number of probability bins, wherein a plurality of unsorted records is distributed across the plurality of computing devices;
initializing, by each computing device of the plurality of computing devices, a true count value for each of the defined number of probability bins;
initializing, by each computing device of the plurality of computing devices, a false count value for each of the defined number of probability bins;
(a) reading, by a current computing device, a truth of event occurrence from a current record of a subset of the plurality of unsorted records stored on the current computing device;
(b) reading, by the current computing device, a probability of occurrence from the current record;
(c) determining, by the current computing device, a probability bin of the probability bins that includes the probability of occurrence;
(d) incrementing, by the current computing device, the true count value of the determined probability bin when the truth of event occurrence indicates true;
(e) incrementing, by the current computing device, the false count value of the determined probability bin when the truth of event occurrence indicates false;
(f) repeating (a) to (e) with each record of the subset of the plurality of unsorted records stored on the current computing device as the current record;
(g) after processing the subset of the plurality of unsorted records stored on the current computing device, sending, by the current computing device, the true count value and the false count value for each probability bin of the probability bins to a master computing device,
wherein (a) to (g) is performed by each computing device of the plurality of computing devices as the current computing device;
receiving, by the master computing device, the true count value and the false count value for each probability bin of the probability bins from each computing device of the plurality of computing devices;
determining, by the master computing device, a total number of true event occurrences;
determining, by the master computing device, a total number of false event occurrences;
computing, by the master computing device, a true positive rate for each probability bin of the probability bins based on the true count value of the probability bin and the determined total number of true event occurrences;
computing, by the master computing device, a false positive rate for each probability bin of the probability bins based on the false count value of the probability bin and the determined total number of false event occurrences; and
outputting, by the master computing device, the true positive rate and the false positive rate for each probability bin of the probability bins for selection of an operating point to determine occurrence of an event.

US Pat. No. 10,192,164

TRAVEL-RELATED WEIGHTED COGNITIVE PERSONAS AND PROFILES

Wayblazer, Inc., Austin,...

1. A system comprising:a processor;
a data bus coupled to the processor; and
a non-transitory, computer-readable storage medium embodying computer program code, the non-transitory, computer-readable storage medium being coupled to the data bus, the computer program code interacting with a plurality of computer operations and comprising instructions executable by the processor and configured for:
receiving streams of data from a plurality of data sources;
processing the streams of data from the plurality of data sources, the processing the streams of data from the plurality of data sources performing data enriching for incorporation into a cognitive graph comprising a set of nodes and links between the nodes that represent travel-related knowledge by:
processing the streams of data from the plurality of data sources to perform entity detection on the streams of data from the plurality of data sources, and
incorporating the enriched data into the cognitive graph by incorporating one or more entities determined from the entity detection into the cognitive graph by:
generating one or more sub-graphs comprising at least one node representing the one or more entities determined from the entity detection, and
incorporating the one or more sub-graphs into the cognitive graph so that the cognitive graph includes at least one node representing those one or more entitles and one or more links between the at least one node representing those one or more entitles and one or more of the other set of nodes of the cognitive graph;
defining a travel-related cognitive persona within the cognitive graph, the travel-related cognitive persona corresponds to an archetype user model and the travel-related cognitive persona comprises a sub-graph within the cognitive graph including a subset of the set of nodes in the cognitive graph and a subset of the links among the set of nodes, the subset of the links among the subset of nodes being weighted to provide a weighted sub-graph within the cognitive graph;
associating a user with the travel-related cognitive persona; and
generating a cognitive insight including data from a node of the cognitive graph associated with the user and the travel-related cognitive persona by traversing the cognitive graph based on a graph query and the travel-related cognitive persona associated with the user to determine the node of the cognitive graph including the data.

US Pat. No. 10,192,162

VECTOR COMPUTATION UNIT IN A NEURAL NETWORK PROCESSOR

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A system for performing neural network computations for a neural network having a plurality of neural network layers, the system comprising:normalization circuitry comprising:
M sets of normalization registers, wherein M is a positive integer greater than one, and wherein each set of normalization registers comprises multiple normalization registers, each normalization register configured to:
receive, in a staggered manner over multiple clock cycles, a set of activated values for a neural network layer; and
store subsets of the activated values in the normalization register; and
multiple normalization units, each normalization unit communicatively coupled to multiple sets of normalization registers and each normalization unit configured to:
obtain, from two or more sets of the normalization registers, the subsets of activated values stored in the normalization registers; and
normalize the subsets of activated values obtained from the two or more sets of normalization registers to generate a normalized value for determining an activation input for a subsequent neural network layer of the neural network.

US Pat. No. 10,192,160

RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION DEVICE

TAGSYS, La Ciotat (FR)

1. A contactless radio-frequency identification system for identifying an object the system comprising:an object to be identified, wherein the object comprises an electrical and/or magnetic secondary antenna;
a module fixed to the object, wherein the module comprises:
an electronic chip; and
an electrical and/or magnetic primary antenna used to supply signals to the electronic chip,
wherein the secondary antenna is a conductive element that forms part of the object, wherein the secondary antenna is coupled to the primary antenna through at least one Split Ring Resonator circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,192,158

ELECTRONIC PRICE INDICATOR, POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND ELECTRIC PRICE INDICATING SYSTEM

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:a power supply unit connected to a plurality of electronic price indicators that supplies driving power to the electronic price indicators;
an antenna that receives data transmitted from a server; and
a communication unit that confirms a first electronic price indicator to which data received via the antenna is applied among the electronic price indicators when the data is received and outputs a control signal to the power supply unit based on the received data, such that a power supply signal modulated according to the received data is supplied to the first electronic price indicator;
wherein the modulated power supply signal is distinguished between first data and second data by at least two voltage differences, and is classified by the first data and the second data; and
wherein the power supply unit includes:
a first regulator connected to a power supply voltage and that generates an output voltage according to a first control signal output through the communication unit,
a second regulator driven by an output voltage generated through the first regulator and that generates a first level voltage according to a second control signal output through the communication unit, and
a first switching device having an emitter connected to the second regulator, a base connected to the communication unit, and a collector connected to the power supply voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,192,155

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL BARCODE AND METHOD OF, AND SYSTEM FOR, ELECTRO-OPTICALLY READING THE BARCODE BY IMAGE CAPTURE

Zortag, Inc., Great Neck...

1. A multi-dimensional barcode for storing information to be electro-optically read by image capture, comprising:a label having a substrate;
a plurality of light-modifying elements mounted on, and raised relative to, the substrate and arranged along first and second directions that are orthogonal to each other in a pattern that stores first and second portions of the information, at least some of the raised elements having different heights along a third direction that is orthogonal to the first and second directions to store a third portion of the information, at least some of the raised elements being colored to store a fourth portion of the information; and
a surrounding medium for at least partially encasing at least some of the raised elements, the surrounding medium having a characteristic that stores a fifth portion of the information, the surrounding medium being curable, light-transmissive medium that is applied over the raised elements and is cured in situ on and around the raised elements.

US Pat. No. 10,192,153

APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for a system including a mobile device and a printer to which a container containing a recording material for printing of an image by the printer is attached,wherein the printer comprises:
a first processor;
a first communication device configured to execute wireless communication by using a predetermined communication method; and
a storage device, and
the mobile device comprises:
a second processor;
a second communication device configured to execute wireless communication by the predetermined communication method; and
a display device,
wherein the method comprises:
storing, by the first processor, predetermined information in the storage device, in a case where the container is operated;
newly displaying, by the second processor, in a case where the second communication device executes wireless communication with the first communication device after a first display item is designated by a user on the display device, a first display content which includes a predetermined display item, using the display device based on the predetermined information which the mobile device acquires from the storage device; and
newly displaying, by the second processor, in a case where the second communication device executes communication with the first communication device after a second display item is designated by the user on the display device, a second display content which does not include the predetermined display item, using the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,192,152

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. A data processing apparatus that selects a processing scheme for target data, the data processing apparatus comprising:a scheme selecting unit configured to select a processing scheme; and
a data processor configured to process the target data,
wherein the processing scheme is selected from among a plurality of candidates by using a degree of compression of the target data as compressed by the corresponding one of the plurality of candidates as an index, and that performs data processing on the target data by using the selected processing scheme, the plurality of candidates including a processing scheme in which data which has been compressed is subjected to the data processing, and a processing scheme in which data is expanded and then subjected to the data processing,
wherein the plurality of candidates includes a processing scheme in which data is re-compressed and then subjected to the data processing.

US Pat. No. 10,192,151

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING A PRINT JOB UNDER DIFFERENT PRINT CONDITIONS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A print control apparatus comprising:a job receiver that receives a single print job comprising image data and print mode data that is associated with a plurality of different print conditions capable of being set during execution of the single print job, wherein the plurality of different print conditions includes one or more of a lookup table, a distance between a print head and a recording medium, a dither matrix, and an International Color Consortium (ICC) profile;
a print executer including the print head for printing an image by ejecting ink to execute the single print job based on the image data in accordance with a first print condition; and
a print controller that sets the first print condition among the plurality of print conditions in the print executer,
wherein, the print controller determines whether the print mode data included in the single print job is associated with more than one print condition and displays a user interface configured to receive a user selection of a second print condition from among the plurality of different print conditions to set during execution of the single print job in response to determining that the print mode data included in the single print job is associated with more than one print condition;
when the first print condition of the single print job set by the print controller is changed to the second print condition among the plurality of different print conditions while executing the single print job, the print executer continues to execute the single print job to print the image in accordance with the second print condition.

US Pat. No. 10,192,150

PRINT ENGINE WITH PRINT-MODE-DEPENDENT PULSE TIMING FUNCTIONS

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, R...

1. A print engine adapted to print image data, comprising:a printer module for printing image data in a plurality of different print modes, the printer module including a printhead having a plurality of light sources for exposing a photosensitive medium, wherein each print mode has an associated line print time, the line print time being the amount of time that the printhead takes to print a line of image data;
a data interface that receives image data and associated metadata for a print job from a pre-processing system, wherein the metadata includes print mode metadata that provides an indication of the print mode that is to be used to print the image data;
a digital memory that stores a plurality of pulse timing functions, each pulse timing function defining an exposure time as a function of an integer pulse count, wherein each pulse timing function corresponds to one of the line print times associated with the plurality of print modes;
a metadata interpreter that interprets the metadata and determines the print mode to be used to print the image data; and
a printer module controller that controls the printer module to print the image data responsive to the determined print mode, wherein the printer module controller controls the printhead using the pulse timing function corresponding to the line print time associated with the print mode, each light source being activated for a pulse count corresponding to a pixel code value of an associated image pixel of the image data;
wherein the pulse timing functions associated with each of the line print times are determined to provide an aim exposure function, the aim exposure function defining an aim exposure to be provided by the light sources as a function of the pulse count, and wherein the pulse timing functions are determined by a process including:
a) providing an initial pulse timing function for a particular line print time which defines an exposure time as a function of pulse count;
b) determining a light output function for the light sources responsive to the pulse timing function, wherein the light output function gives a light output of the light sources as a function of exposure time;
c) updating the pulse timing function responsive to the light output function and the aim exposure function;
d) repeating steps b)-c) until a predefined iteration termination criterion is satisfied; and
e) storing the pulse timing function in the digital memory for use with the particular line print time.

US Pat. No. 10,192,149

REMOTE EDITING CARD PRINTING SYSTEM BY USING MOBILE HANDSETS

1. A remote editing card printing system by using mobile handsets, comprising:a card printer for printing cards having a specific size; comprising:
a transformer for transferring instructions into machine codes for instructing a printing unit of the card printer to print cards with predetermine drawings or texts on cards;
a transceiver signally connected with an electronic computer device;
a layout editor installed on the electronic computer device; the layout editor causing a user to input printing instructions or layout instructions through an I/O device of the electronic computer device to edit a layout of a card and thus causing the printing unit to print the cards based on the layout and printing instructions; wherein the layout instructions and printing instructions is transferred to the card printer through the transceiver of the electronic computer device; the transceiver of the card printer will receive these instructions and then transfers these instructions to the transformer of the card printer so as to transfer the instructions into codes acceptable by the printing unit;
a handset end application program (APP) built in a handset; the APP being connected to the electronic computer device through a transceiver of the handset; the transceiver of the handset being connected to the electronic computer device through a wireless network;
wherein the APP provides functions causing that a user can input layout instructions or printing instructions of cards from the I/O device of the handset; the layout instructions and printing instructions are transferred from the transceiver of handset to the transceiver of the electronic computer device through the network and then transferred to the layout editor therein; and then the layout editor transfers the instructions to transformer of the card printer so as to transfer the instructions into the codes which are acceptable by the printing unit of the card printer for print the cards according to the layout instructions and the printing instructions.

US Pat. No. 10,192,147

FOREIGN SUBSTANCE DETECTION IN A DEPTH SENSING SYSTEM

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1. A depth sensing device comprising:a light source to emit light;
an image sensor configured to receive through an optical component the light reflected by an environment of the depth sensing device and, when in operation, generate a depth map including a plurality of pixel values corresponding to depths of the environment relative to the depth sensing device; and
a processor, when in operation, configured to:
identify in the depth map a plurality of pixels as intermediate depth pixels caused by light scattering of a foreign substance on the optical component, wherein the intermediate depth pixels have pixel values corresponding to a difference between depths for a background of the environment and depths for a foreground of the environment;
detect a blurred portion of the depth map due to a presence of the foreign substance on the optical component based on the intermediate depth pixels; and
cause outputting of a user alert of the presence of the foreign substance on the optical component based on the blurred portion.